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anguished Syllabification: an·guished
Pronunciation: /ˈaNGɡwiSHt/

Definition of anguished in English:


Experiencing or expressing severe mental or physical pain or suffering: he gave an anguished cry when she turned, her face was anguished
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  • When she finished dressing almost falling in the act, she heard an anguished cry of pain.
  • It is a harrowing experience to hear a squeal of tires followed by a thump and then the anguished cries of an animal in pain.
  • All of these characters are subjects whose bodies convey an anguished message about pain and privation that cannot be articulated any other way.


Early 17th century: past participle of anguish (verb) in the rare sense 'distress with severe mental or physical pain', from Old French anguissier, from ecclesiastical Latin angustiare 'to distress', from Latin angustia (see anguish).

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