Examples of distraught in a Sentence
Of particular concern are phony contractors, who knock on the doors of distraught homeowners and offer to repair damaged roofs or remove fallen trees. —Natalie Rodriguez, This Old House, March 2006
The night before the story broke, West sat down for a two-hour interview with the Spokane-Review and left so distraught that its editor, Steven Smith, asked the police chief to check on him. —Unmesh Kher, Time, 23 May 2005
Captured by news photographers under the direction of his manager Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis's turn in the barber's chair was a public ceremony: a symbolic shearing, not only of Elvis—who would return from the service a meek semblance of himself, a mama's boy without a mama (his distraught mother, Gladys, died while he was stationed at Fort Hood, soon to depart for Germany)—but of rock 'n' roll itself. —James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, November 2000
Distraught relatives are waiting for news of the missing children.
She was distraught over the death of her partner.
Recent Examples of distraught from the Web
As even the president’s harshest critics (Chelsea Clinton!) joined Trump himself on Twitter in decrying the sight, a clearly distraught Griffin pulled back.
Medical aides struggled to zip them quickly into body bags as distraught people crowded around, looking for missing relatives.
Mr. Ammar said that Salman Abedi was distraught after a friend, Abdul Wahab Hafidah, was killed in May 2016 in what the authorities took to be an act of gang violence.
Gamers are upset, employees are distraught, and Microsoft wins again.
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Origin and Etymology of distraught
Middle English, modification of Latin distractus —see 2distract
First Known Use: 14th century
DISTRAUGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of distraught for English Language Learners
: very upset : so upset that you are not able to think clearly or behave normally
DISTRAUGHT Defined for Kids
Definition of distraught for Students
: very upset
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