Definition of anguish in English:

anguish

noun

  • Severe mental or physical pain or suffering.

    ‘she shut her eyes in anguish’
    ‘Philip gave a cry of anguish’
    • ‘My ankle began to throb and I cried out in anguish.’
    • ‘Rumor infiltrates the camp and Euryalus' mother cries out in anguish at the death of her son.’
    • ‘Her face was set in anguish; eyes squeezed shut, her mouth twisted in sorrow.’
    • ‘I'm glad he no longer has to suffer not only the physical agony but also the mental anguish of rejecting this new world.’
    • ‘Wit changes to anguish to make up a very absorbing narrative.’
    • ‘He dropped to his knees and gathered up handfuls of dust and smeared them on his forehead and chest, crying aloud in anguish.’
    • ‘And when I woke up today, I found a lot of the despair and anguish I had been feeling lately had left me.’
    • ‘I had to bite down on my lip and close my eyes for a moment to keep myself from crying out in anguish.’
    • ‘The film depicts how physical and mental anguish can distort our view of reality.’
    • ‘I am appealing to all mums and dads, please sit your children down and explain what distress and anguish they cause with their pranks.’
    • ‘I cried in anguish, but I had to return to my school, a broken but wiser man.’
    • ‘I was in anguish, feeling the pain of my neighbours who had lost relatives.’
    • ‘But if something had happened to me while I was there, I wouldn't have wanted the world to gnash its teeth in anguish and despair over me.’
    • ‘She tried to get up but the stinging pain on her back caused her to cry out in anguish.’
    • ‘Alexander cried out in anguish, but was unable to move away from a final blow.’
    • ‘But deep down I felt for him because the pain and anguish he and his family went through was immense.’
    • ‘But when it takes literally years for a full inquest to be staged, families say the pain and anguish they suffer becomes that much worse.’
    • ‘Courts have rejected the claims of people who tried to recover damages for pain and suffering and for mental anguish.’
    • ‘He says the trauma of that day continues to haunt him and has caused him severe mental anguish.’
    • ‘He was unable to speak from exhaustion, physical pain and mental anguish.’
    agony, pain, torment, torture, suffering, distress, angst, misery, sorrow, grief, heartache, heartbreak, wretchedness, unhappiness, woe, desolation, despair
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Be extremely distressed about something.

    ‘he anguished over how to reply’
    • ‘She was also a deeply religious woman, although non-conformist, and anguished over the plight of prostitutes - women she felt were denied the chance to return to God's grace.’
    • ‘He is anguished to see that it is his mother who is moaning.’
    • ‘Ava anguished, stupidly thinking that it'd be easy to just relax around Dianna, but she, Ava was still the prey and Dianna the predator.’
    • ‘Well, a lady in that church anguished whether she should tell the pastor.’
    • ‘Many of his supporters were anguished by the political cost of their votes of conscience.’
    • ‘Madeline is devastated by guilt and anguished over her helplessness.’
    • ‘But while others anguished over what his life meant, Ali had no such trouble: he knew who he was and exactly what he wanted’
    • ‘What anguished me most was that I had allowed this to happen to me.’
    • ‘She was anguishing over it until she felt a hand on her shoulder.’
    • ‘Kornfeld is also strongly attracted to the idea of a free soul and is anguished by the fact that men are ‘burdened’ by being ‘chained’ to their souls.’
    • ‘Future historians will ask whether a society that anguished over the imposition of ever more absurd politically correct terminology might not have been better employed in curbing some of the excesses of the rock music industry.’
    • ‘A senior diplomat from another council member said his government had heard a similar message and was told not to anguish over whether to vote for war.’
    • ‘How anguishing this book must have been to an individual so committed to protecting patients.’
    • ‘Christian is anguished when he loses the money and he has to admit that half of the money belongs to Clym.’
    • ‘They have anguished over a daughter's headaches and the sight of blood running from the nose of a son who has never suffered from nosebleeds before.’
    • ‘More time to contemplate and anguish over one of the most difficult decisions a person ever has to make.’
    • ‘She showed him which ones, but he didn't seem all too anguished about it, for he gave her a dismissive wave.’
    • ‘To say the least, it is a tragedy generations after generations will anguish about.’
    • ‘It had been precisely five long years since the day they passed away and as much as it anguished her to do so, Callie couldn't bring herself to not acknowledge that.’
    • ‘Certainly his letter to his wife showed a man anguished about his family.’
    • ‘What if she doesn't understand English and can't smile even if she wants to, I anguished.’
    • ‘A firefighter and fire technician with Parks Canada, Taylor uses his unique perspective to capture in anguishing detail the awesome force that is a forest fire.’
    • ‘You smile so that others won't see what's anguishing you.’
    agonized, tormented, racked with pain, racked with suffering, tortured, harrowed
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin angustia ‘tightness’, (plural) ‘straits, distress’, from angustus ‘narrow’.

Pronunciation

anguish

/ˈæŋɡwɪʃ//ˈaNGɡwiSH/