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Meaning of anguish by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English anguishe, angoise, from Anglo-Norman anguise, anguisse, from Old French angoisse, from Latin angustia ( “narrowness, difficulty, distress” ), from angustus ( “narrow, difficult” ), from angere ( “to press together” ). See angst, the Germanic cognate, and anger .


    • enPR: ăngʹ-gwĭsh, IPA: /ˈæŋɡwɪʃ/, X-SAMPA: /"{NgwIS/


    anguish ( countable and uncountable; plural: anguishes )

    1. Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.


    • agony, calvary, cross, pang, torture, torment
    • See also: Wikisaurus:agony

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    anguish ( third-person singular simple present anguishes present participle anguishing, simple past and past participle anguished )

    1. ( intransitive ) To suffer pain.
    2. ( transitive ) To cause to suffer pain .

    External links

    • anguish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • anguish in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of anguish by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cause emotional anguish or make miserable

    2. suffer great pains or distress

    1. extreme mental distress

    2. extreme distress of body or mind

    Definition of anguish by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Anguish n. [OE. anguishe, anguise, angoise, F. angoisse, fr. L. angustia narrowness, difficulty, distress, fr. angustus narrow, difficult, fr. angere to press together. See Anger.] Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.

      But they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage. Ex. vi. 9.

      Anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child. Jer. iv. 31.

      Rarely used in the plural: --

      Ye miserable people, you must go to God in anguishes, and make your prayer to him. Latimer.

      Syn. -- Agony; pang; torture; torment. See Agony.

    2. Anguish, v. t. [Cf. F. angoisser, fr. L. angustiare.] To distress with extreme pain or grief. [R.] Temple.