an·guish [anguish anguishes anguished anguishing] BrE [ˈæŋɡwɪʃ] NAmE [ˈæŋɡwɪʃ] noun uncountable (formal)
severe pain, mental suffering or unhappiness
• He groaned in anguish.
• Tears of anguish filled her eyes.
Derived Word: anguished
Middle English: via Old French from Latin angustia ‘tightness’, (plural) ‘distress’, from angustus ‘narrow’.
• He looked across at Kate's anguished face.
• Jack looked anguished, almost desperate.
• She read the letter, gave an anguished cry and collapsed.
• He suffered the anguish of watching his son go to prison.
• His mouth felt dry with anguish.
• In her anguish, she turned to her father for help.
• The loss of a pet can cause some people real anguish.
• his anguish at the death of his son
• to cry out/groan/scream in anguish
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.|
But they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
Anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child.
|v. t.||1.||To distress with extreme pain or grief.|
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