anguish

  • 1 Anguish — An guish, 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 anguish — [aŋ′gwish] n. [ME angwisshe < OFr anguisse < L angustia, tightness, distress: see ANGER] great suffering, as from worry, grief, or pain; agony vt. to cause to feel anguish vi. to feel anguish SYN. DISTRESS …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 anguish — I verb ache, aggrieve, agonize, desolate, disturb, excruciate, grieve, harry, make miserable, pain, prostrate, rack, suffer, torment, torture, trouble, writhe associated concepts: mental anguish, noneconomic loss, pain and suffering II index pain …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 Anguish — An guish, v. t. [Cf. F. angoisser, fr. L. angustiare.] To distress with extreme pain or grief. [R.] Temple. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 anguish — woe, heartache, heartbreak, grief, *sorrow, regret Analogous words: *distress, suffering, dolor, misery, agony: worry, anxiety (see CARE): *pain, pang, throe, ache: torture, torment, affliction (see corresponding verbs at AFFLICT) Antonyms:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 anguish — [n] severe upset or pain affliction, agony, distress, dole, dolor, grief, heartache, heartbreak, hurting, misery, pang, rue, sorrow, suffering, throe, torment, torture, woe, wretchedness; concept 410 Ant. comfort, contentment, happiness, joy,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 anguish — ► NOUN ▪ severe mental or physical pain or suffering. ORIGIN Latin angustia tightness , (in plural) straits, distress …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 anguish — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ bitter, deep, great, real ▪ inner, personal, private ▪ emotional, mental …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 anguish — n. (formal) 1) to cause anguish 2) deep; mental anguish 3) anguish at, over 4) in anguish (in anguish over smb. s death) * * * [ æŋgwɪʃ] mental anguish over (formal) to cause anguish deep anguish at …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 Anguish — For the movie, see Anguish (film) Anguish is a term used in contemporary philosophy, often as a translation from the German angst, meaning dread . It is a paramount feature of existentialist philosophy, in which anguish is often understood as the …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 anguish — {{11}}anguish (n.) c.1200, acute bodily or mental suffering, from O.Fr. anguisse, angoisse choking sensation, distress, anxiety, rage, from L. angustia (pl. angustiae) tightness, straitness, narrowness; figuratively distress, difficulty, from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 12 anguish — /ang gwish/, n. 1. excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain: the anguish of grief. v.t. 2. to inflict with distress, suffering, or pain. v.i. 3. to suffer, feel, or exhibit anguish: to anguish over the loss of a loved one. [1175 1225;… …

    Universalium

  • 13 anguish — [[t]æ̱ŋgwɪʃ[/t]] N UNCOUNT Anguish is great mental suffering or physical pain. [WRITTEN] A cry of anguish burst from her lips... Mark looked at him in anguish …

    English dictionary

  • 14 anguish — /ˈæŋgwɪʃ / (say anggwish) noun 1. excruciating or agonising pain of either body or mind; acute suffering or distress: the anguish of grief. –verb (t) 2. to affect with anguish. –verb (i) 3. to suffer anguish. {Middle English, from Old French… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 anguish — I. noun Etymology: Middle English angwisshe, from Anglo French anguisse, angoisse, from Latin angustiae, plural, straits, distress, from angustus narrow; akin to Old English enge narrow more at anger Date: 13th century extreme pain, distress, or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 anguish — 1. noun /ˈæŋɡwɪʃ/ Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress. A terrible scream a prolonged yell of horror and anguish burst out of the silence of the moor. That frightful cry turned the blood to ice in my veins. Syn: agony,… …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 anguish — an•guish [[t]ˈæŋ gwɪʃ[/t]] n. 1) acute suffering or pain: the anguish of grief[/ex] 2) to inflict with suffering or pain 3) cvb to suffer or feel anguish • Etymology: 1175–1225; < OF < L angustia tight place =angust(us) narrow + ia ia; akin …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 anguish — Synonyms and related words: ache, aching heart, afflict, affliction, aggrieve, agonize, agony, agony of mind, ail, angst, anxiety, atrocious pain, bale, barb the dart, bitterness, blanch, bleed, bleeding heart, blench, boredom, break down, bring… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 anguish — an|guish [ˈæŋgwıʃ] n [U] written [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: angoisse, from Latin angustiae extreme upset , from angustus narrow ] mental or physical suffering caused by extreme pain or worry ▪ the anguish of not knowing what had… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 anguish — an|guish [ æŋgwıʃ ] noun uncount FORMAL a feeling of great physical or emotional pain: The rejection filled him with anguish …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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