- distracted; deeply agitated.
- mentally deranged; crazed.
Origin of distraught
1350–1400; Middle English variant of obsolete distract distracted, by association with straught, old past participle of stretch
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- distracted or agitated
- rare mad
C14: changed from obsolete distract through influence of obsolete straught, past participle of stretch
Word Origin and History for distraughtly
late 14c., alteration (Englishing) of earlier distract (perhaps by association with other past participle forms in -ght, such as caught, bought, brought), mid-14c., past participle of distracten "derange the intellect of, drive mad" (see distract).
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