Definition of anguished in English:



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

    ‘he gave an anguished cry’
    ‘when she turned, her face was anguished’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Birds screeched from the bamboo forest, echoing the anguished cries of the injured.’
    • ‘Git could hear screams of anguished pain coming from inside the burning inferno.’
    • ‘She's dehydrated and quite stressed and anguished, so they are keeping her in for observations.’
    • ‘He could still save her - but he felt too broken up inside, too anguished to even think.’
    • ‘Suddenly, on my earphones I hear an anguished cry from one of the interpreters: ‘The French is not coming through!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I want you here,’ he whispered, his voice low and raw and anguished.’
    • ‘We are very distressed and anguished at what has been happening in Gujarat for almost three months.’
    • ‘I was depressed and anguished, because I realized that there was no future for me, for my magazine, for anything.’
    • ‘It was so hard to pick the best picture of Wenger looking anguished in the last few games.’
    • ‘In the original jail dungeon they will see the punishments being meted out and hear the anguished cries of the prisoners.’
    • ‘In a hospice setting it is not unusual to be confronted by anguished relatives witnessing the physical deterioration of their loved ones.’
    • ‘Of course he's probably lying, but any sensitive, caring American would recognize this as an anguished cry for help.’
    • ‘When she finished dressing almost falling in the act, she heard an anguished cry of pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's not related to the band because it isn't music in any shape or form, just anguished, terrifying pure sound.’
    • ‘His anguished cries travel on the wind, haunting her.’
    • ‘All of these characters are subjects whose bodies convey an anguished message about pain and privation that cannot be articulated any other way.’
    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 (see anguish).