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anguish

[ang-gwish]
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noun
  1. excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain: the anguish of grief.
verb (used with object)
  1. to inflict with distress, suffering, or pain.
verb (used without object)
  1. to suffer, feel, or exhibit anguish: to anguish over the loss of a loved one.

Origin of anguish

1175–1225; Middle English anguisse < Old French < Latin angustia tight place, equivalent to angust(us) narrow + -ia -ia; cf. anxious; akin to anger

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1. agony, torment, torture.

Synonym study

1. See pain.

Antonyms

1. delight, comfort, relief.
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British Dictionary definitions for anguishing

anguish

noun
  1. extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony
verb
  1. 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 anguishing

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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