- 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.
A woman showing 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.