What does anguish mean?

Definitions for anguish
ˈæŋ gwɪʃan·guish

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. angoisser, fr. L. angustiare.]

  2. Anguish(verb)

    to distress with extreme pain or grief

    Etymology: [Cf. F. angoisser, fr. L. angustiare.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anguish

    ang′gwish, n. excessive pain of body or mind: agony.—n. Ang′uishment. [O. Fr. angoisse—L. angustia, a strait, straitness—ang-u-ĕre, to press tightly: to strangle. See Anger.]

Editors Contribution

  1. anguish

    anguish: deep and enduring physical, mental or spiritual distress, not readily eased.

    Physical: feelings and thoughts during and following military combat; feelings and thoughts following loss of one's own limb or limbs (These can also be mental anguish.) Mental: feelings and thoughts after the loss of a child either due to illness, accident or spontaneous abortion. Spiritual: One struggling with the question of God's existence; one struggling with the guilt of causing someone pain.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 4, 2019  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anguish in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anguish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of anguish in a Sentence

  1. Franklin Nieves:

    Those of you who know me know the anguish that I went through, how I didn't sleep ... the pain and the pressure that I felt by continuing with a farce.

  2. Tony Nadal:

    I feel the loss of all my soldiers, when you get through all the bravado … what you are left with is anguish. I have found help -- and the help is that the soldiers that fought at LZ X-Ray have been gathering together for the last 22 years and we have annual reunions. We have gotten very close.

  3. Virginia:

    The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    As a husband and as a father, I cannot begin to imagine the anguish that the Weinstein and Lo Porto port families are enduring today ... I know that there is nothing that I can ever say or do to ease the heartache.

  5. Natasha Eubanks:

    He seemingly never recovered from the anguish he saw her go through at the hands of the British press and the critics, he seems to have pledged to never let that happen to his wife and children.

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  • معاناةArabic
  • страдам, страдание, измъчвам се, мъчение, измъчвам, терзаниеBulgarian
  • Kreuz, Todesangst, AgonieGerman
  • βασανίζω, οδύνη, υποφέρω, αγωνία, πονώ, αγωνιώ, μαρτύριο, βασανίζομαιGreek
  • angustia, angustiar, congoja, anxtiaSpanish
  • غم و اندوهPersian
  • tuska, kärsimysFinnish
  • angoisse de la mort, croix, affres de la mort, calvaireFrench
  • ard-ghuinnManx
  • aggodalom, gyötrelem, kín, gyötrődésHungarian
  • angoscia, agonia, penare, ambascia, addolorare, croce, calvario, soffrireItalian
  • צַעַרHebrew
  • داخKurdish
  • angustiaLatin
  • auētangaMāori
  • doodsstrijd, martelgang, agonie, martelen, doodsangst, lijden, hevigDutch
  • cierpieniePolish
  • angústia, agoniaPortuguese
  • agonie, suferi, chin, chinuiRomanian
  • му́ка, страдание, терзание, мучение, тоска, мучитьRussian
  • agonija, patitiSerbo-Croatian

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