[ ang-gwish ]
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  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

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English anguisse, from Old French, from Latin angustia “tight place,” from angust(us) “narrow” + -ia -ia; cf. anxious

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1. See pain.

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British Dictionary definitions for anguish


/ (ˈæŋɡwɪʃ) /

  1. extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony

  1. to afflict or be afflicted with anguish

Origin of anguish

C13: from Old French angoisse a strangling, from Latin angustia narrowness, from angustus narrow

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