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Definition of ANGUISH

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Anguish \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. [1913 Webster]

           But they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.           --Ex. vi. 9. [1913 Webster]

           Anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child.
                                                    --Jer. iv. 31. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Rarely used in the plural:

                 Ye miserable people, you must go to God in anguishes, and make your prayer to him.
                                                    --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Agony; pang; torture; torment. See {Agony}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Anguish \An"guish\, v. t. [Cf. F. angoisser, fr. L. angustiare.] To distress with extreme pain or grief. [R.] --Temple. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

143 Moby Thesaurus words for "anguish": ache, aching heart, afflict, affliction, aggrieve, agonize, agony, agony of mind, ail, angst, anxiety, atrocious pain, bale, barb the dart, bitterness, blanch, bleed, bleeding heart, blench, boredom, break down, bring to tears, broken heart, bruise, care, carking care, cheerlessness, crucifixion, crush, crushing, cut, cut up, depression, depth of misery, desolate, desolation, despair, discomfort, discomposure, discontent, dislike, displeasure, disquiet, dissatisfaction, distress, disturb, dole, draw tears, dread, dullness, embitter, emptiness, ennui, excruciation, existential woe, extremity, feel pain, feel the pangs, flatness, go hard with, grief, grieve, grimace, grimness, have a misery, heartache, heartbreak, heartfelt grief, heartgrief, heavy heart, hurt, hurt the feelings, infelicity, inquietude, inundate, joylessness, lack of pleasure, lamentation, languishment, malaise, martyrdom, martyrization, melancholia, melancholy, misery, nausea, nongratification, nonsatisfaction, oppress, overwhelm, pain, painfulness, pang, pierce, pining, pound, prick, prostrate, prostration, rack, regret, rue, sadness, savorlessness, shoot, shrink, smart, sorrow, sorrowing, spleen, stab, staleness, sting, suffer, suffer anguish, suffering, suicidal despair, tastelessness, tediousness, tedium, thrill, throb, tingle, torment, torture, trouble, twinge, twist the knife, twitch, uncomfortableness, unease, uneasiness, unhappiness, unpleasure, unsatisfaction, upset, vexation of spirit, wince, woe, worry, wound, wretchedness, writhe


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