- 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 anguishing
For all its anguishing, the Court is actually a bit-player here.Can Government Call the Shots on Cellphone Privacy?
April 30, 2014
But there's a serious point here, and it extends well beyond the anguishing question of sexual assault.Let's Get Real About Abortions
October 29, 2012
I think what we have seen in terms of gay teenagers committing suicide because of bullying is anguishing.Kevin Spacey on Casino Jack
December 14, 2010
And, most anguishing of all, there was no chance that there was a mistake.The Road to Understanding
Eleanor H. Porter
The wild steed sought to fling up his head to shake off this anguishing weight of seventy odd pounds.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
Albert Payson Terhune
An anguishing desire for the safe and wholesome Present usurped all this mad yearning to obtain the Past.Incredible Adventures
We resumed our seats, but had hardly done so, when a deep and most anguishing groan was heard, that pierced our very hearts.
Our audiences, as you will have gathered, were often critical folk who could sit with dry eyes through our most anguishing scenes.The Secrets of a Savoyard
Henry A. Lytton
- extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony
- to afflict or be afflicted with anguish
Word Origin and History for anguishing
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.