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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 of anguish
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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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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