• WordNet 3.6
    • v anguish cause emotional anguish or make miserable "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"
    • v anguish suffer great pains or distress
    • n anguish extreme mental distress
    • n anguish extreme distress of body or mind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anguish Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.Rarely used in the plural:Ye miserable people, you must go to God in anguishes, and make your prayer to him. Latimer. "But they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.""Anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child."
    • v. t Anguish To distress with extreme pain or grief.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anguish Excruciating or agonizing pain of either body or mind; acute suffering or distress.
    • n anguish An overwhelming emotion.
    • n anguish Synonyms Agony, Anguish, Pang, etc. See agony and grief.
    • anguish To distress with excruciating pain or grief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anguish ang′gwish excessive pain of body or mind: agony
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  • Eugene Ionesco
    “Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “Every deed and every relationship is surrounded by an atmosphere of silence. Friendship needs no words -- it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.”
  • Lillian Smith
    Lillian Smith
    “The human heart dares not stay away too long from that which hurt it most. There is a return journey to anguish that few of us are released from making.”
  • Simone Weil
    “In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.”
  • Angelus Silesius
    Angelus Silesius
    “The name of Jesus is as ointment poured forth; It nourishes, and illumines, and stills the anguish of the soul.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. anguishe, anguise, angoise, F. angoisse, fr. L. angustia, narrowness, difficulty, distress, fr. angustus, narrow, difficult, fr. angere, to press together. See Anger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. angoisse—L. angustia, a strait, straitness—ang-u-ĕre, to press tightly: to strangle. See Anger.


In literature:

There were anguish, and alarm, and yearning affection in his look.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
During the first days, the anguish of his loss was so cruelly poignant that he thought he must die of it.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Fred Greenwood's anguish was for his companion, whom it seemed impossible to help, despite the desperate effort he was making to do so.
"Two Boys in Wyoming" by Edward S. Ellis
With what anguish he reflected on the disgraceful charge he had brought against me.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
It is a very little scene, scarcely worth recording, yet the anguish of a strong heart lies embodied in it.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
No human brain can endure a great strain of mental anguish long.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
Oh, the shame and the anguish of those swift glances towards one's travelling-bag!
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
Then it befell that King Anguish of Ireland sent to King Mark of Cornwall for the tribute long paid him, but now seven years behind.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler
It was such as I had never dreamed of, rapture, ecstasy, anguish.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
She was bereaved mother, anguished wife; she was a dreamer driven out of the temple of the dream, and what she had to do was desperate.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various

In poetry:

I die with longing
Thy face to see;
Oh! sweet is the anguish
Of death to me!
"Amor Mysticus" by John Hay
Foreboding remembrance –
wounded hearts’ pain –
outburst of anguished
souls rent in twain.
"Untitled" by Eberhard Arnold
To be with him…
every springtime and winter,
united in one anguished knot
around his bloody neck!
"To See Him Again" by Gabriela Mistral
With ev'ry morning light
My sorrow new begins;
Look on my anguish and my pain,
And pardon all my sins.
"Psalm 25 part 3" by Isaac Watts
To every cry of anguish
From every heart distressed,
Can be no other answer
Than this--God knoweth best.
"Rutha" by Hattie Howard
In daytime autumn's vastness
Beyond the stream is rent
By wailing in the graveyard,
By anguish and lament.
"False Alarm" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

In Camp Hope, the makeshift village started by family members of 33 trapped Chile miners, 10 weeks of anguish culminated in tears of joy as miners began to be hauled out overnight.
Mental Anguish Is a Cost, Too.
A Snowboarder's Dream and a Family's Anguish .
For a year and a half, from the time 14-year-old Amber Dubois first went missing, "48 Hours" was with her anguished extended family.
So Slavka Petrova swallowed her anguish and went to haggle on the black market outside the national blood clinic.
In the end, Ford 's margin was so great that it put to rest all the anguish over "strategic voting" – appeals to supporters of the third-place candidate, Joe Pantalone, to switch to Smitherman to stop Ford .
Freud , whose works are highly prized by collectors, created subjects in anguished, anti-erotic poses.
I was sorry to hear the pungency, even anguish, muted.
Through grit and anguish: A running battle for Skip.
A judge who told a woman groped by a state police officer at a Flagstaff bar that she wouldn't have been violated had she not been at the establishment issued an apology Friday for any anguish she caused the victim.
William and Mary's anguish has taken many forms this season: a kicker's right foot.
More Penn State, more punishment, more anguish, more negatives and on and on it goes.
Loneliness adds more anguish to old age.
Anguished Kansas City Chiefs snap losing streak .
Anguished Kansas City Chiefs responded to the murder-suicide involving linebacker Jovan Belcher with a rare victory on Sunday, defeating the Carolina Panthers 27-21.

In science:

When the man came home and told his wife what he had promised the King, she exclaimed in anguish: “But you’ll never be able to make the King’s horse fly!”. “Well,” said the man, “I know that, and you know that, but in the meantime many things can happen.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution