Anguished



feeling, showing, or accompanied by .
resulting from or produced by .
excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain:
the anguish of grief.
to inflict with distress, suffering, or pain.
to suffer, feel, or exhibit anguish:
to anguish over the loss of a loved one.
Contemporary Examples

His lawyer says he was just anguished over the death of his son.
Did This Professor Go Crazy? Christine Pelisek January 29, 2013

“If You Had My Love” was silky-smooth with just the right amount of anguished yearning.
Jennifer Lopez’s ‘A.K.A.’ Is Terrible. What Happened to Her Music? Kevin Fallon June 16, 2014

Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European.
U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS Jamie Dettmer October 19, 2014

It’s filling up with anguished claims that British schools are banning the teaching of Hebrew.
What U.S. Jews Don’t Get About European Anti-Semitism Jonathan Freedland January 13, 2013

The kind that involve zero anguished relatives screaming into the uncaring airport terminal void.
Lesser Mysteries for Those With Breaking News Fatigue Kelly Williams Brown March 22, 2014

Historical Examples

Often they may live peaceably, anguished with doubt, and distressed for humanity.
The Siege of Boston Allen French

He looked kind of mottled and anguished, but I guess he’ll pull around all right.
Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson

The anguished heart who watched by the window toward the hills of Virginia saw and heard each muffled footfall.
The Southerner Thomas Dixon

She lifted her anguished eyes and looked into his beautiful face.
Dr. Sevier George W. Cable

In despair she ran hither and thither, calling his name in anguished accents.
Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine Lewis Spence

adjective
feeling or expressing anguish
noun
extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony
verb
to afflict or be afflicted with anguish
n.

c.1200, “acute bodily or mental suffering,” from Old French anguisse, angoisse “choking sensation, distress, anxiety, rage,” from Latin angustia (plural angustiae) “tightness, straitness, narrowness;” figuratively “distress, difficulty,” from ang(u)ere “to throttle, torment” (see anger (v.)).
v.

early 14c., intransitive and reflexive; mid-14c., transitive, from Old French anguissier (Modern French angoisser), from anguisse (see anguish (n.)). Related: Anguished; anguishing.

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