Definition of Anguish

1. Noun. Extreme mental distress.

Exact synonyms: Torment, Torture
Generic synonyms: Distress, Hurt, Suffering
Derivative terms: Torment, Torture



2. Verb. Suffer great pains or distress. "Sam and Sue anguish over the results of the experiment"
Generic synonyms: Suffer

3. Noun. Extreme distress of body or mind.
Generic synonyms: Distress

4. Verb. Cause emotional anguish or make miserable. "The bad news will anguish him"; "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"
Exact synonyms: Hurt, Pain
Generic synonyms: Discomfit, Discompose, Disconcert, Untune, Upset
Specialized synonyms: Break Someone's Heart, Agonise, Agonize, Try, Excruciate, Rack, Torment, Torture
Causes: Suffer
Derivative terms: Hurt, Pain, Pain, Pain

Definition of Anguish

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

2. v. t. To distress with extreme pain or grief.

Definition of Anguish

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

2. Verb. (intransitive) To suffer pain. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause to suffer pain. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Anguish

1. to suffer extreme pain [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Literary usage of Anguish

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1. Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of His Noble by Thomas Malory, Alfred William Pollard, William Caxton (1900)
"CHAPTER XX How King anguish of Ireland was summoned to come to King Arthur ... that were brethren, they had summoned the King anguish of Ireland for to come ..."

2. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"... weeping sufficient, Myne herte with anguish fulfilled is alas My soule eke redy for loue about to pas. Naught els baue I thee to please or pay, ..."

3. An exposition of the Creed by John Pearson, Edward Burton (1857)
"bitter that grief, how great that sorrow and that anguish was. Which though we can never fully and exactly measure ; yet we may infallibly know thus much, ..."

4. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"... for usefulness in the world, and the happy moments spent in the exercises of religion, contrasted with my then present lot, but increased my anguish. ..."

5. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"This woman with the intense eager look had had the iron of the mother's anguish in her soul, and it had made her sometimes capable of a repression harder ..."

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