What does ANGUISH mean?

ANGUISH meaning in General Dictionary

To stress with severe pain or grief

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  • Extreme pain either of human body or head excruciating stress
  • cause psychological anguish or make miserable
  • sustain great aches or stress
  • severe stress of body or mind
  • severe mental distress
  • severe discomfort, either of human body or head; agonizing stress.
  • To distress with extreme discomfort or grief.

ANGUISH meaning in Law Dictionary

Great or extreme discomfort, agony, or distress, either of body or brain; but, as found in legislation, especially mental suffering or distress of good intensity. Cook v. Railway Co., 19 Mo. App. 334.

ANGUISH meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "acute bodily or mental suffering," from Old French anguisse, angoisse "choking sensation, distress, anxiety, trend," from Latin angustia (plural angustiae) "tightness, straitness, narrowness;" figuratively "distress, difficulty," from ang(u)ere "to throttle, torment" (see fury (v.)).

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  • very early 14c., intransitive and reflexive; mid-14c., transitive, from Old French anguissier (contemporary French angoisser), from anguisse (see anguish (n.)). Associated: Anguished; anguishing.

ANGUISH meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Extreme pain, either of human anatomy or head; excruciating stress.

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  • (v. t.) To distress with severe pain or grief.

Sentence Examples with the word ANGUISH

That immaculate manliness we feel within ourselves, so far within us, that it remains intact though all the outer character seem gone; bleeds with keenest anguish at the undraped spectacle of a valor-ruined man.

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