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anguish

[ang-gwish] /ˈæŋ gwɪʃ/
noun
1.
excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain:
the anguish of grief.
verb (used with object)
2.
to inflict with distress, suffering, or pain.
verb (used without object)
3.
to suffer, feel, or exhibit anguish:
to anguish over the loss of a loved one.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English anguisse < Old French < Latin angustia tight place, equivalent to angust(us) narrow + -ia -ia; cf. anxious; akin to anger
Synonyms
1. agony, torment, torture. See pain.
Antonyms
1. delight, comfort, relief.
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Examples for anguish
  • The film shows that freedom is fraught with anguish and pain.
  • Add to that pain the anguish of dozens of relatives and friends.
  • So great was the extremity of his pain and anguish, that he did not only sigh but roar.
  • It relieved the pressure, easing pain and anguish-as a monarch is supposed to do.
  • The singer/songwriter suffered similar anguish during the wrenching process of writing his autobiography.
  • And the anguish of the singer marks the sweetness of the strain.
  • Assessing patients' vulnerability to anguish may be essential to accurately judging the severity of their condition.
  • Specifically, the Court said that no recovery could be made under the wrongful death statute for mental anguish.
  • Such howls of anguish have had their effect on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Grading can involve so much mental anguish.
British Dictionary definitions for anguish

anguish

/ˈæŋɡwɪʃ/
noun
1.
extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony
verb
2.
to afflict or be afflicted with anguish
Word Origin
C13: from Old French angoisse a strangling, from Latin angustia narrowness, from angustus narrow
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Word Origin and History for anguish
n.

c.1200, "acute bodily or mental suffering," from Old French anguisse, angoisse "choking sensation, distress, anxiety, rage," from Latin angustia (plural angustiae) "tightness, straitness, narrowness;" figuratively "distress, difficulty," from ang(u)ere "to throttle, torment" (see anger (v.)).

v.

early 14c., intransitive and reflexive; mid-14c., transitive, from Old French anguissier (Modern French angoisser), from anguisse (see anguish (n.)). Related: Anguished; anguishing.

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