Definition of anguish noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæŋɡwɪʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæŋɡwɪʃ//
[uncountable] (formal)
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severe pain, mental suffering or unhappiness He groaned in anguish. Tears of anguish filled her eyes. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin angustia ‘tightness’, (plural) ‘distress’, from angustus ‘narrow’.Extra examples He suffered the anguish of watching his son go to prison. His mouth felt dry with anguish. In her anguish, she turned to her father for help. The loss of a pet can cause some people real anguish. his anguish at the death of his son to cry out/​groan/​scream in anguish
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