Origin of anguishMiddle English angwisshe from Old French anguisse from Classical Latin angustia, tightness, distress: see anger
A woman showing anguish.
- The definition of anguish is a feeling of physical or mental pain.
- Being very worried about something is an example of anguish.
- Having terrible back pain is an example of anguish.
- Anguish is defined as causing or feeling extreme pain or worry.
A teenager not calling their parents and staying out all night is an example of to anguish.
verban·guished, an·guish·ing, an·guish·es
Origin of anguishMiddle English angwisshe from Old French anguisse from Latin angustiae distress from angustus narrow ; see angh- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural anguishes)
(third-person singular simple present anguishes, present participle anguishing, simple past and past participle anguished)
Middle English anguishe, angoise, from Anglo-Norman anguise, anguisse, from Old French angoisse, from Latin angustia (“narrowness, difficulty, distress”), from angustus (“narrow, difficult”), from angere (“to press together”). See angst, the Germanic cognate, and anger.
- A look of anguish crossed Jonny's face.
- Terrible anguish struck her heart, she felt a dreadful ache as if something was being torn inside her and she were dying.
- I try not to anguish over the little things.
- A look of anguish crossed the basketball player's face when he hurt his ankle.
- He gazed up at her, smiled through the anguish his eyes betrayed and stood.