Definition of anguished in English:


Line breaks: an|guished
Pronunciation: /ˈaŋɡwɪʃt


Experiencing or expressing severe mental or physical pain or suffering: he gave an anguished cry
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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.

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