- 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
Word Origin for distraught
C14: changed from obsolete distract through influence of obsolete straught, past participle of stretch
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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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