I. noun — [ mass noun] 1. severe mental or physical pain or suffering • she shut her eyes in anguish
• Philip gave a cry of anguish.
II. verb — [no obj.] 1. be extremely distressed about something • I spent the next two weeks anguishing about whether I’d made the right decision.
– origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin angustia ‘tightness’, (plural) ‘straits, distress’, from angustus ‘narrow’.