Definition of anguished 

1 : suffering anguish : tormented the anguished martyrs

2 : expressing anguish : agonized anguished cries

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Examples of anguished in a Sentence

the military's explanation of the accident did nothing to console the anguished widow

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The warnings led to days of anguished media coverage of Islamic State militants’ online reach. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Primary results confirm 2018 is a terrible year to be a House Republican," 9 May 2018 The warnings led to days of anguished media coverage of Islamic State militants' online reach. NBC News, "'ISIS hackers' threats against U.S. military wives actually came from Russian trolls," 8 May 2018 Three decades into making anguished, seductive industrial rock, Trent Reznor had entered his least-compromising phase yet. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Nine Inch Nails Is Still Pushing the Sound of Catharsis," 22 June 2018 Rachman points to the famous 1970 photo from Kent State University, where an anguished young woman crouches beside a protester who'd been killed by the National Guard. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Can tape of sobbing child detainees join shocking sounds, images that have shaped history?," 20 June 2018 The character’s suffering and guilt were apparent in the anguished tone of Mr. Mattei’s singing and the wracked movements of body. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Delivers a Magnificent ‘Parsifal’ at the Met," 6 Feb. 2018 The guards apparently were trying to prevent the boys waiting in line for beatings from panicking, hoping the noise would drown out the thwack-thwack-thwack of the strap and the anguished screams. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 2018 Buy Photo As the heat index peaked at 106 Tuesday, the hottest day so far this year, strangers at unshaded crosswalks exchanged anguished scowls. Julia Terruso,, "While you're chillin' out on the 4th, these workers will be sizzling," 3 July 2018 And a character called the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), an escapee from the Quantum Realm, is an anguished creature who dematerializes and rematerializes at will during fights with Ant-Man and the Wasp, making her a tough opponent to beat and defeat. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: Paul Rudd is back in busy little sequel," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of anguished

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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an·guished | \ˈaŋ-gwisht\

Kids Definition of anguished

: expressing physical or emotional pain an anguished cry

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