Distraught meaning

dĭ-strôt
Extremely troubled; mentally confused; distracted; harassed.
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Deeply agitated, as from worry or grief.
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His distraught widow cried for days, feeling very alone.

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The definition of distraught is someone that is very troubled, confused or has gone crazy.

An example of distraught is a person so overcome with grief that he can't remember the names of people around him.

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Driven mad; crazed.
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Mentally deranged.
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Origin of distraught

  • Middle English alteration of distract past participle of distracten to distract distract

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

  • From Middle English, merger of distract (“distracted”) and straught (“distraught”), past participle of strecchen (“to stretch”). Compare also bestraught, extraught, forstraught, etc. More at distract, stretch.

    From Wiktionary