Definition of distraught in English:


Syllabification: dis·traught
Pronunciation: /dəˈstrôt


Deeply upset and agitated: a distraught woman sobbed and screamed for help he appeared on television, grief-ravaged and distraught
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  • The verdict and sentence have left Rita's older sister Annette distraught and deeply upset.
  • My parents were distraught and upset by the actions of this person or people.
  • This is something no one dare tell a distraught woman, desperate to know whether she should be grieving or not.
worried, upset, distressed, fraught;
overcome, overwrought, beside oneself, out of one's mind, desperate, hysterical, worked up, at one's wits' end
informal in a state, unglued


late Middle English: alteration of the obsolete adjective distract (from Latin distractus 'pulled apart'), influenced by straught, archaic past participle of stretch.

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