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Meaning of ANGUISH

Pronunciation:  'anggwish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  extreme mental distress
  2. [n]  extreme distress of body or mind
  3. [v]  cause anguish or make miserable
  4. [v]  suffer great pains or distress

ANGUISH is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: hurt, pain, torment, torture
 See Also: agonise, agonize, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, distress, distress, excruciate, hurt, rack, suffer, suffering, torment, torture, try, untune, upset



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
          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.
    Note: Rarely used in the plural:
                Ye miserable people, you must go to God in
                anguishes, and make your prayer to him.
    Syn: Agony; pang; torture; torment. See {Agony}.
  2. \An"guish\, v. t. [Cf. F. angoisser, fr. L. angustiare.]
    To distress with extreme pain or grief. [R.] --Temple.
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