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[dih-strawt] /dɪˈstrɔt/
distracted; deeply agitated.
mentally deranged; crazed.
Origin of distraught
1350-1400; Middle English variant of obsolete distract distracted, by association with straught, old past participle of stretch
Related forms
distraughtly, adverb
overdistraught, adjective
undistraught, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for distraught
  • Despite the attempted clinical detachment of the nurse's description, it was obvious that she was upset, even distraught.
  • Another is distraught after an offer of a permanent job was withdrawn.
  • Eighth grader Amy is distraught about her best friend moving to the middle of nowhere.
  • It came when I was weary and distraught.
  • But she was also distraught when the prosecutors subpoenaed her home computer.
  • Food addiction can form where one turns to food when they are physically in pain, emotionally distraught or simply bored.
  • He's just too distraught in this case to care.
  • He was deeply distraught.
  • She skipped school because she was too emotionally distraught.
  • My wits distraught, and all my sence amaz'd.
British Dictionary definitions for distraught


distracted or agitated
(rare) mad
Word Origin
C14: changed from obsolete distract through influence of obsolete straught, past participle of stretch
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Word Origin and History for distraught

late 14c., alteration (Englishing) of earlier distract (perhaps by association with other past participle forms in -ght, such as caught, bought, brought), mid-14c., past participle of distracten "derange the intellect of, drive mad" (see distract).

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