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  • Experiencing or expressing severe mental or physical pain or suffering.

    ‘he gave an anguished cry’
    • ‘when she turned, her face was anguished’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a hospice setting it is not unusual to be confronted by anguished relatives witnessing the physical deterioration of their loved ones.’
    • ‘Git could hear screams of anguished pain coming from inside the burning inferno.’
    • ‘Then the debate over cloning will be well and truly on, so prepare to hear an endless stream of anguished cries that we are on a slippery slope and politicians have joined the scientists in playing God.’
    • ‘Suddenly, on my earphones I hear an anguished cry from one of the interpreters: ‘The French is not coming through!’’
    • ‘Of course he's probably lying, but any sensitive, caring American would recognize this as an anguished cry for help.’
    • ‘She didn't have time to dwell on it however, before the pain from her wound surged through her, driving her back to her knees with an anguished cry.’
    • ‘Another squeezes his eyes tightly shut to keep the tears back as he recalls the death of a soldier with the face of a boy, his panic as he bled to death and his anguished cries for his mother.’
    • ‘In the original jail dungeon they will see the punishments being meted out and hear the anguished cries of the prisoners.’
    • ‘Birds screeched from the bamboo forest, echoing the anguished cries of the injured.’
    • ‘His anguished cries travel on the wind, haunting her.’
    • ‘It's not related to the band because it isn't music in any shape or form, just anguished, terrifying pure sound.’
    • ‘‘I want you here,’ he whispered, his voice low and raw and anguished.’
    • ‘I was depressed and anguished, because I realized that there was no future for me, for my magazine, for anything.’
    • ‘We are very distressed and anguished at what has been happening in Gujarat for almost three months.’
    • ‘She's dehydrated and quite stressed and anguished, so they are keeping her in for observations.’
    • ‘It was so hard to pick the best picture of Wenger looking anguished in the last few games.’
    • ‘He could still save her - but he felt too broken up inside, too anguished to even think.’
    agonized, tormented, racked with pain, racked with suffering, tortured, harrowed
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/ˈaNGɡwiSHt/ /ˈæŋɡwɪʃt/


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.