Verb anguish Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


anguish (third-person singular simple present anguishes, present participle anguishing, simple past and past participle anguished)

  1. (intransitive) To suffer pain.
  2. (transitive) To cause to suffer pain.

More definition:

1.excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain, the anguish of grief. inflict with distress, suffering, or pain. suffer, feel, or exhibit anguish, to anguish over the loss of a loved one.

1. extreme pain or misery; mental or physical torture; agony verb

2. to afflict or be afflicted with anguish Word OriginC13, from Old French angoisse a strangling, from Latin angustia narrowness, from angustus narrowCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1200, "acute bodily or mental suffering," from Old French anguisse, angoisse "choking sensation, distress, anxiety, rage," from Latin angustia (plural angustiae) "tightness, straitness, narrowness;" figuratively "distress, difficulty," from ang(u)ere "to throttle, torment" (see anger (v.)).
early 14c., intransitive and reflexive; mid-14c., transitive, from Old French anguissier (Modern French angoisser), from anguisse (see anguish (n.)). Related, Anguished; anguishing.


The word was a singular impression of anguish and surprise.

Betsy won't even look at the web site, afraid of the anguish she'll feel seeing negative results from some of our cases and in action on others.

She regretted alluding to it the moment the raw look of anguish crossed his face.

I surely may accept their morbid invitation and although seared by the flames of eternal damnation, I'll at least be free from the anguish and heartache of this abominable life.

Allowing himself to meet her eyes, he found his anguish reflected back.

He gazed up at her, smiled through the anguish his eyes betrayed and stood.

The scene in the garden is without the agony of Gethsemane; a faint echo of this historic anguish appears in the scene with the Greeks four days earlier, and even that peaceful appeal to, and answer of, the Father occurs only for His followers' sakes.

Mary took leave of her first and last master with passionate anguish and many parting kisses; but in face of his enemies, and in hearing of the cries which burst from the ranks, demanding her death by fire as a murderess and harlot, the whole heroic and passionate spirit of the woman, represented by her admirers as a spiritless imbecile, flamed out in responsive threats to have all the men hanged and crucified, in whose power she now stood helpless and alone.

Terrible anguish struck her heart, she felt a dreadful ache as if something was being torn inside her and she were dying.

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