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ANGUISH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does anguish mean? 

ANGUISH (noun)
  The noun ANGUISH has 2 senses:

1. extreme mental distress
2. extreme distress of body or mind

  Familiarity information: ANGUISH used as a noun is rare.


ANGUISH (verb)
  The verb ANGUISH has 2 senses:

1. suffer great pains or distress
2. cause emotional anguish or make miserable

  Familiarity information: ANGUISH used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANGUISH (noun)


Sense 1anguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extreme mental distress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

anguish; torture; torment

Hypernyms ("anguish" is a kind of...):

distress; hurt; suffering (psychological suffering)


Sense 2anguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extreme distress of body or mind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("anguish" is a kind of...):

distress (a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need))


ANGUISH (verb)


Sense 1anguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suffer great pains or distress

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Hypernyms (to "anguish" is one way to...):

suffer (endure (emotional pain))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue anguish over the results of the experiment


Sense 2anguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause emotional anguish or make miserable

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

anguish; pain; hurt

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "anguish" is one way to...):

discomfit; discompose; disconcert; untune; upset (cause to lose one's composure)

Cause:

suffer (endure (emotional pain))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "anguish"):

break someone's heart (cause deep emotional pain and grief to somebody)

agonise; agonize (cause to agonize)

try (give pain or trouble to)

excruciate; rack; torment; torture (torment emotionally or mentally)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will anguish him


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