Definition of distraught in English:


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  • Deeply upset and agitated.

    ‘distraught parents looking for a runaway teenager’
    • ‘he appeared on television, grief-ravaged and distraught’
    • ‘The verdict and sentence have left Rita's older sister Annette distraught and deeply upset.’
    • ‘My parents were distraught and upset by the actions of this person or people.’
    • ‘This is something no one dare tell a distraught woman, desperate to know whether she should be grieving or not.’
    • ‘The sudden loss of their beloved puppies has left owners distraught and desperate.’
    • ‘His distraught wife Lesley had to break the devastating news to the children that their dad would not be coming home.’
    • ‘Michelle and her children's deaths have shattered their families and left them distraught.’
    • ‘A distraught father has told how his wife sat watching TV as a car crashed through their living room wall.’
    • ‘She was left distraught after callous thieves stole the wheelchair from outside her flat in Godric Place.’
    • ‘Her family have been informed by police and were said to be distraught.’
    • ‘I would be totally distraught if she died and I couldn't do anything about it.’
    • ‘Some of the professors at a local university are distraught over the state of affairs here.’
    • ‘He said floral tributes had been put at the front door to the flat, including one by a girl who seemed quite distraught.’
    • ‘Matthew's distraught mother, Ann, was offered comfort by the youngsters at the scene.’
    • ‘The distraught owners spent several hours walking around the area searching for their dogs but had no luck.’
    • ‘After looking up my marks on Quest, I was distraught to find they had a slight scar to them.’
    • ‘He was so honored and yet again, distraught that my name was on the bottom corner.’
    • ‘The distraught uncle said the family was praying for the safe release of the teenager.’
    • ‘They were too distraught to talk and appealed to the assembled media to stay away.’
    • ‘There was none so I smiled at the distraught gentleman and game him the thumbs up sign.’
    • ‘He was distraught and we virtually had to tie him down to stop him leaping back into the water.’
    worried, upset, distressed, fraught, devastated, shattered
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/dəˈstrôt/ /dəˈstrɔt/


Late Middle English alteration of the obsolete adjective distract (from Latin distractus ‘pulled apart’), influenced by straught, archaic past participle of stretch.