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.
Origin of anguishMiddle English angwisshe from Old French anguisse from Classical Latin angustia, tightness, distress: see anger
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.