Distraught Definition

Deeply agitated, as from worry or grief.
American Heritage
Extremely troubled; mentally confused; distracted; harassed.
Webster's New World
Driven mad; crazed.
Webster's New World

Origin of Distraught

  • 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

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

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

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