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anguished

[ang-gwisht] /ˈæŋ gwɪʃt/
adjective
1.
feeling, showing, or accompanied by anguish.
2.
resulting from or produced by anguish.
Origin of anguished
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at anguish, -ed3
Related forms
nonanguished, adjective
unanguished, adjective

anguish

[ang-gwish] /ˈæŋ gwɪʃ/
noun
1.
excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain:
the anguish of grief.
verb (used with object)
2.
to inflict with distress, suffering, or pain.
verb (used without object)
3.
to suffer, feel, or exhibit anguish:
to anguish over the loss of a loved one.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English anguisse < Old French < Latin angustia tight place, equivalent to angust(us) narrow + -ia -ia; cf. anxious; akin to anger
Synonyms
1. agony, torment, torture.
Antonyms
1. delight, comfort, relief.
Synonym Study
1. See pain.
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Examples from the Web for anguished
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  • He looked kind of mottled and anguished, but I guess he'll pull around all right.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • She lifted her anguished eyes and looked into his beautiful face.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • Often they may live peaceably, anguished with doubt, and distressed for humanity.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • In the end, shocks like these gradually roused him from his anguished abstraction.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • She crouched on her cot of spruce boughs in anguished misery.

British Dictionary definitions for anguished

anguished

/ˈæŋɡwɪʃt/
adjective
1.
feeling or expressing anguish

anguish

/ˈæŋɡwɪʃ/
noun
1.
extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony
verb
2.
to afflict or be afflicted with anguish
Word Origin
C13: from Old French angoisse a strangling, from Latin angustia narrowness, from angustus narrow
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Word Origin and History for anguished

anguish

n.

c.1200, "acute bodily or mental suffering," from Old French anguisse, angoisse "choking sensation, distress, anxiety, rage," from Latin angustia (plural angustiae) "tightness, straitness, narrowness;" figuratively "distress, difficulty," from ang(u)ere "to throttle, torment" (see anger (v.)).

anguish

v.

early 14c., intransitive and reflexive; mid-14c., transitive, from Old French anguissier (Modern French angoisser), from anguisse (see anguish (n.)). Related: Anguished; anguishing.

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