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anguish

[ ang-gwish ]
/ ˈæŋ gwɪʃ /
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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.
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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 anguish

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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