Origin of anguished
- 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 anguished
Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European.U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
There are slideshows, graphics, interactive maps, heartbreaking narratives, anguished family members.The Malaysian Air Tragedy Reawakens a Primal Fear
Kelly Williams Brown
July 19, 2014
“If You Had My Love” was silky-smooth with just the right amount of anguished yearning.Jennifer Lopez’s ‘A.K.A.’ Is Terrible. What Happened to Her Music?
June 17, 2014
The kind that involve zero anguished relatives screaming into the uncaring airport terminal void.Lesser Mysteries for Those With Breaking News Fatigue
Kelly Williams Brown
March 23, 2014
After a great deal of anguished consideration, and at great personal risk, I have decided to come forward and reveal my secret.Why I Am Blowing the Whistle
June 12, 2013
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
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.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
- feeling or expressing anguish
- extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony
- to afflict or be afflicted with anguish
Word Origin and History for anguished
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.