Definition of anguished in English:



  • Experiencing or expressing severe mental or physical pain or suffering.

    ‘he gave an anguished cry’
    • ‘We are very distressed and anguished at what has been happening in Gujarat for almost three months.’
    • ‘She's dehydrated and quite stressed and anguished, so they are keeping her in for observations.’
    • ‘His anguished cries travel on the wind, haunting her.’
    • ‘I was depressed and anguished, because I realized that there was no future for me, for my magazine, for anything.’
    • ‘All of these characters are subjects whose bodies convey an anguished message about pain and privation that cannot be articulated any other way.’
    • ‘In a hospice setting it is not unusual to be confronted by anguished relatives witnessing the physical deterioration of their loved ones.’
    • ‘Suddenly, on my earphones I hear an anguished cry from one of the interpreters: ‘The French is not coming through!’’
    • ‘Then the debate over cloning will be well and truly on, so prepare to hear an endless stream of anguished cries that we are on a slippery slope and politicians have joined the scientists in playing God.’
    • ‘When she finished dressing almost falling in the act, she heard an anguished cry of pain.’
    • ‘It is a harrowing experience to hear a squeal of tires followed by a thump and then the anguished cries of an animal in pain.’
    • ‘Git could hear screams of anguished pain coming from inside the burning inferno.’
    • ‘In the original jail dungeon they will see the punishments being meted out and hear the anguished cries of the prisoners.’
    • ‘It's not related to the band because it isn't music in any shape or form, just anguished, terrifying pure sound.’
    • ‘It was so hard to pick the best picture of Wenger looking anguished in the last few games.’
    • ‘She didn't have time to dwell on it however, before the pain from her wound surged through her, driving her back to her knees with an anguished cry.’
    • ‘Of course he's probably lying, but any sensitive, caring American would recognize this as an anguished cry for help.’
    • ‘Another squeezes his eyes tightly shut to keep the tears back as he recalls the death of a soldier with the face of a boy, his panic as he bled to death and his anguished cries for his mother.’
    • ‘Birds screeched from the bamboo forest, echoing the anguished cries of the injured.’
    • ‘‘I want you here,’ he whispered, his voice low and raw and anguished.’
    • ‘He could still save her - but he felt too broken up inside, too anguished to even think.’
    agonized, tormented, racked with pain, racked with suffering, tortured, harrowed
    miserable, unhappy, sad, broken-hearted, heartbroken, grief-stricken, wretched, sorrowful, sorrowing, distressed, desolate, devastated, despairing
    cut up
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Early 17th century: past participle of anguish in the rare sense ‘distress with severe mental or physical pain’, from Old French anguissier, from ecclesiastical Latin angustiare to distress, from Latin angustia.