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anguish

noun

  1. (suffering)  extreme mental distress
    Synonyms: torment, torture. Type of: distress
  2. (state noun)  extreme distress of body or mind
    Type of: distress

verb

  1. (suffer great pains)  to suffer great pains or distress
    Type of: suffer
  2. (upset)  to cause emotional anguish or make miserable
    Synonyms: hurt, pain. Type of: upset. Causes: suffer

Etymology summary

[noun] "acute bodily or mental suffering", from Old French anguisse, ... | ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

New World Dictionary:

anguish

great suffering, as from worry, grief, or pain; agony | to cause to feel anguish | to feel anguish (17 of 34 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

anguish | agony [synonym, sense-specific]

extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony | to afflict or be afflicted with anguish (16 of 496 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Anguish

a term used in philosophy, often as a translation from the Latin for angst. It's a paramount feature of existentialist philosophy, in which anguish is often understood as the experience of an utterly free being in a world with zero absolutes. In the ... (43 of 295 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

anguish [entry 1, noun] | affliction [synonym] | agony [synonym] | distress [synonym] | excruciation [synonym] | hurt [synonym] | misery [synonym] | pain [synonym] | rack [synonym] | ...

extreme pain, distress, or anxiety (5 of 166 words, pronunciation)

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anguish [entry 2, verb] | agonize [synonym, sense-specific] | afflict [synonym, sense-specific] | bedevil [synonym, sense-specific] | beset [synonym, sense-specific] | besiege [synonym, sense-specific] | curse [synonym, sense-specific] | excruciate [synonym, sense-specific] | harrow [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to suffer anguish | to cause to suffer anguish (8 of 152 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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Oxford Dictionary:

anguish

severe mental or physical pain or suffering | be extremely distressed about something (12 of 81 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

anguish | anguished [past tense] | anguishing [present participle] | anguishes [3rd-person singular present]

Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment. | To cause to feel or suffer anguish. | To feel or suffer anguish. (18 of 53 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

anguish | anguished [past tense] | anguishing [present participle] | anguishes [3rd-person singular present] | agony [synonym, sense-specific] | calvary [synonym, sense-specific] | cross [synonym, sense-specific] | pang [synonym, sense-specific] | torture [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress. | [intransitive] To suffer pain. | [transitive] To cause to suffer pain. (19 of 47 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anguish

Random House Dictionary:

anguish

excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain. | to inflict with distress, suffering, or pain. | to suffer, feel, or exhibit anguish. (20 of 40 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/anguish

Cambridge Dictionary:

anguish | anguished [adjective, derived]

extreme unhappiness caused by physical or mental suffering (8 of 39 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

anguish [uncountable, formal]

a feeling of great physical or emotional pain (8 of 38 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

anguish | anguished [past tense] | anguishing [present participle] | anguishes [3rd-person singular present]

extreme anxiety or emotional torment | to feel or cause somebody to feel anguish (13 of 56 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585642​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

anguish

First use: about 1200 | early 14th century

Origin: [noun] "acute bodily or mental suffering", from Old French anguisse, ... | [verb] intransitive and reflexive; mid-14th century, transitive, from Old ... (25 of 55 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

anguish | anguished [past tense] | anguishing [present participle] | anguishes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English anguishe, angoise, from Anglo-Norman anguise, anguisse, from Old French angoisse, from Latin angustia ("narrowness, difficulty, distress"), from angustus ("narrow, difficult"), from ... (23 of 34 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

anguish | anguished [past tense] | anguishing [present participle] | anguishes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English angwisshe, from Old French anguisse, from Latin angustiae, distress, from angustus, narrow; see angh- in Indo-European roots.

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Collins Dictionary:

anguish

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French angoisse a strangling, from Latin angustia narrowness, from angustus narrow

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anguish

Oxford Dictionary:

anguish

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin angustia "tightness", (plural) "straits, distress", from angustus "narrow"

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New World Dictionary:

anguish

Origin: Middle English angwisshe from Old French anguisse from Latin angustia, tightness, distress: see "anger"

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Merriam-Webster:

anguish [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English angwisshe, from Anglo-French anguisse, angoisse, from Latin angustiae, plural, straits, distress, from ... (16 of 24 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

anguish | anguished [past tense] | anguishing [present participle] | anguishes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Old French anguis from Latin angustus "narrow, tight"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585642​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

anguish | anguished [past tense] | anguishing [present participle] | anguishes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anguish"

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Collins Dictionary:

anguish

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anguish"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

anguish

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "anguish"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

anguish [uncountable, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "anguish"

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the Free Dictionary:

anguish

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Google Dictionary:

anguish | anguishes [plural] | anguished [past tense] | anguishing [present participle]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

anguish

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YourDictionary Audio:

anguish

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freedictionary.org:

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