- excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain: the anguish of grief.
- to inflict with distress, suffering, or pain.
- to suffer, feel, or exhibit anguish: to anguish over the loss of a loved one.
Origin of anguish
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Examples from the Web for anguish
Nowhere to be found is the anguish, the drama, the pain of an athlete on that level who considering walking away.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
But from the anguish of soulless industrial lagers rises the emancipation of artisan brewing.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
After mom cries out in anguish and frustration on hearing the verdict, the ugly side of the protests rears its head.Michael Brown’s Stepfather Tells Crowd, ‘Burn This Bitch Down’
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
November 25, 2014
But their suffering and anguish is nothing compared to that of their victims.I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
Despite these horrors, the anguish of her abuse is magnified when people ask Walters why she never left her husband.The Worst Question for Abuse Victims
October 20, 2014
We learn nothing, we take no forward step, except as we are whipped to it by anguish.The Conquest of Fear
There was anguish in the cry torn from the girl's throat in the sudden access of despair.Within the Law
Twice she cried in anguish to Allis that she must go in; must see her husband.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Her anguish was redoubled by this mysterious and inexplicable struggle within her.The Dream
His loss had the bitterness of defeat, with the anguish of a baffled passion.The Secret Agent
- extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony
- to afflict or be afflicted with anguish
Word Origin and History for anguish
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.)).
early 14c., intransitive and reflexive; mid-14c., transitive, from Old French anguissier (Modern French angoisser), from anguisse (see anguish (n.)). Related: Anguished; anguishing.