anguished

[ ang-gwisht ]
/ ˈæŋ gwɪʃt /

adjective

feeling, showing, or accompanied by anguish.
resulting from or produced by anguish.

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Origin of anguished

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at anguish, -ed3

OTHER WORDS FROM anguished

non·an·guished, adjectiveun·an·guished, adjective

Definition for anguished (2 of 2)

anguish
[ ang-gwish ]
/ ˈæŋ gwɪʃ /

noun

excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain: the anguish of grief.

verb (used with object)

to inflict with distress, suffering, or pain.

verb (used without object)

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

synonym study for anguish

1. See pain.
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British Dictionary definitions for anguished (1 of 2)

anguished
/ (ˈæŋɡwɪʃt) /

adjective

feeling or expressing anguish

British Dictionary definitions for anguished (2 of 2)

anguish
/ (ˈæŋɡwɪʃ) /

noun

extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony

verb

to afflict or be afflicted with anguish

Word Origin for anguish

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