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anguish

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of anguish

  1. 1 a state of great suffering of body or mind as a new teacher, she was in real anguish over the decision to report the cheating Synonyms of anguish affliction, agony, distress, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, rack, strait(s), torment, torture, travail, tribulation, woeWords Related to anguish discomfort; cross, crucible, trial; heartache, heartbreak, joylessness, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; emergency, pinch; asperity, difficulty, hardship, rigor; ache, pang, smarting, soreness, stitch, throe, twinge; danger, jeopardy, troubleNear Antonyms of anguish comfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being

  2. 2 deep sadness especially for the loss of someone or something loved words can't express my anguish at losing my cat Synonyms of anguish affliction, sorrow, dolefulness, dolor, grief, heartache, heartbreak, sorriness, woeWords Related to anguish agony, distress, pain, suffering, torment; blue devils, blues, dejection, depression, desolateness, desolation, despair, despondence, despondency, disconsolateness, dispiritedness, distress, doldrums, downheartedness, dreariness, dumps, forlornness, gloom, gloominess, glumness, heartsickness, joylessness, melancholy, miserableness, misery, mopes, oppression, sorrowfulness, unhappiness, woefulness, wretchedness; contrition, guilt, regret, remorse, rue, self-reproach, shame; melancholia, self-pityNear Antonyms of anguish gaiety (also gayety), gayness, humor, jollity, joviality, lightheartedness, merriment, merrymaking, mirth, mirthfulness; hopefulness, optimism, sunniness; enjoyment; content, contentedness, contentmentAntonyms of anguish blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, cheer, cheerfulness, cheeriness, delight, ecstasy, elatedness, elation, euphoria, exhilaration, exuberance, exultation, felicity, gladness, gladsomeness, glee, gleefulness, happiness, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, jubilation, pleasure, rapture, rapturousness

Synonym Discussion of anguish

sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, regret mean distress of mind. sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse.
    • a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death
grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause.
    • the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents
anguish suggests torturing grief or dread.
    • the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child
woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery.
    • cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city
regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse.
    • nagging regret for missed opportunities

anguish

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of anguish

  1. 1 to cause persistent suffering to she was anguished by the fear that her sons would die in the war Synonyms of anguish agonize, afflict, bedevil, beset, besiege, curse, excruciate, harrow, persecute, plague, rack, torment, tortureWords Related to anguish assail, attack; badger, dog, hound, pursue, ride; aggravate, agitate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, distress, disturb, exasperate, gall, get, grate, gripe, hagride, harass, harry, irk, irritate, molest, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put out, rasp, rile, vex; discomfort, discompose, disquiet, fluster, grieve, perturb, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry; crush, oppress, overpower, overwhelm, smite, strike, tyrannize, victimize; hurt, pain, pang, prick, smart, stab, sting, wring; martyrNear Antonyms of anguish abet, aid, assist, help; deliver, release, relieve, reprieve; comfort, console, content, quiet, solace, soothe, succor

  2. 2 to feel deep sadness or mental pain I anguished over the loss of my father for years afterwards Synonyms of anguish agonize, grieve, bleed, hurt, mourn, sorrow, sufferWords Related to anguish ache, long (for), pine (away), sigh, smart; rack, torment, torture; bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament, rue; bawl, blubber, cry, groan, howl, keen, moan, sob, take on, wail, weep, yammer, yowl; languish; regretNear Antonyms of anguish beam, cheer, crow, delight, exult, glory, joy, laugh, ravish, rejoice, triumph; assure, cheer, comfort, commiserate, console, reassure, solace, soothe, sympathize



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