Definition of distraught adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

distraught

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//dɪˈstrɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrɔːt//
 
 
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extremely upset and anxious so that you cannot think clearly She’s still too distraught to speak about the tragedy. The child’s distraught parents pleaded for witnesses to contact the police. Word Origin late Middle English: alteration of the obsolete adjective distract (from Latin distractus ‘pulled apart’), influenced by straught, archaic past participle of stretch.Extra examples She sounded absolutely distraught. They were extremely distraught at the news of his accident. Weeks after the accident she remained distraught. She’s still too distraught to talk about the tragedy. The child’s distraught parents pleaded for witnesses to contact the police.
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