distraught

adjective dis·traught \ di-ˈstrȯt \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of distraught

1 : agitated with doubt or mental conflict or pain
  • distraught mourners
2 : mentally deranged : crazed
  • as if thou wert distraught and mad with terror
  • —William Shakespeare

distraughtly

adverb

Examples of distraught in a Sentence

  1. 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 RodriguezThis Old HouseMarch 2006
  2. 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 KherTime23 May 2005
  3. 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 WolcottVanity FairNovember 2000
  4. Distraught relatives are waiting for news of the missing children.

  5. She was distraught over the death of her partner.

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Origin and Etymology of distraught

Middle English, modification of Latin distractus — see 2distract


DISTRAUGHT Defined for English Language Learners

distraught

adjective

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

distraught

adjective dis·traught \ di-ˈstrȯt \

Definition of distraught for Students

: very upset


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