Definitions for Anguishˈæŋ gwɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•guishˈæŋ gwɪʃ(n.)

  1. acute suffering or pain:

    the anguish of grief.

  2. (v.t.)to inflict with suffering or pain.

  3. (v.i.)to suffer or feel anguish.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of anguish:

1175–1225; < OF < L angustia tight place =angust(us) narrow +-ia -ia ; akin to anger

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anguish, torment, torture(noun)

    extreme mental distress

  2. anguish(verb)

    extreme distress of body or mind

  3. anguish(verb)

    suffer great pains or distress

  4. pain, anguish, hurt(verb)

    cause emotional anguish or make miserable

    "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"


  1. anguish(Noun)

    Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.

  2. anguish(Verb)

    To suffer pain.

  3. anguish(Verb)

    To cause to suffer pain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anguish(noun)

    extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress

  2. Anguish(verb)

    to distress with extreme pain or grief


  1. Anguish

    Anguish is a term used in philosophy, often as a translation from the Latin for angst. It is a paramount feature of existentialist philosophy, in which anguish is often understood as the experience of an utterly free being in a world with zero absolutes. In the theology of Kierkegaard, it refers to a being with total free will who is in a constant state of spiritual fear that his freedom will lead him to fall short of the standards that God has laid out for him. In the teachings of Sartre, anguish is seen when an utterly captured being realizes the unpredictability of his or her action. For an example, when walking along a cliff, you would feel anguish to know that you have the freedom to throw yourself down to your imminent death.

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very great pain of body or mind; agony

The woman suffered terrible anguish when her child died.

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