Anguish meaning

ănggwĭsh
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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.

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To cause to feel or suffer anguish.
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To feel or suffer anguish.
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Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment.
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Great suffering, as from worry, grief, or pain; agony.
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(intransitive) To suffer pain.
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To cause to feel anguish.
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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.

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To feel anguish.
verb
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Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.
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To cause to suffer pain.
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Origin of anguish

  • Middle English angwisshe from Old French anguisse from Latin angustiae distress from angustus narrow angh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary