anguish /ˈaŋɡwɪʃ/


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’.

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