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distraught

[dih-strawt] /dɪˈstrɔt/
adjective
1.
distracted; deeply agitated.
2.
mentally deranged; crazed.
Origin
1350-1400
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
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British Dictionary definitions for overdistraught

distraught

/dɪˈstrɔːt/
adjective
1.
distracted or agitated
2.
(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 overdistraught

distraught

adj.

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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