2 extreme distress of body or mind
1 suffer great pains or distress
2 cause emotional anguish or make miserable; "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school" [syn: pain, hurt]
EtymologyOld English anguishe, anguise, angoise, French angoisse, from Latin angustia narrowness, difficulty, distress, from angustus narrow, difficult, from angere to press together. See Anger.
PronunciationIPA: WEAE /'a[ng]-gwish/
- A terrible scream—a prolonged yell of horror and anguish—burst out of the silence of the moor. That frightful cry turned the blood to ice in my veins.
- Finnish: kärsimys, tuska
- French: angoisse de la mort, affres de la mort, calvaire, croix
- German: Kreuz, Agonie, Todesangst
- Hungarian: aggodalom, gyötrelem, gyötrődés, kín
- Portuguese: agonia , angústia
- Italian: angoscia mortale, agonia, calvario, croce
- Dutch: doodsangst, agonie, doodsstrijd, hevig lijden, martelgang
- Spanish: angustia
- Russian: му́ка
- For the movie, see Anguish (film)
In the teachings of Sartre, anguish is seen when an utterly free beings realizes the unpredictability of his or her action. For 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.
InfoMain Entry: 1an·guish
Etymology: Middle English angwisshe, from Anglo-French anguisse, angoisse, from Latin angustiae, plural, straits, distress, from angustus narrow; akin to Old English enge narrow — more at anger
Date: 13th century
- extreme pain, distress, or anxiety
QuoteIt has also been said "That we create our own anguish and that if we had reacted differently we would not have caused ourselves this thing we call Anguish so it is up to you whether to be calm or cause yourself pain and distress".
anguish in Catalan: Angoixa
anguish in Spanish: Angustia
anguish in German: Qualdedo
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