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Synonyms for anguish
ˈæŋ gwɪʃan·guish

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  1. anguishnoun

    torture, agony, cross, calvary, torment, pang

  2. anguishverb

    To suffer pain.

    torture, calvary, torment, pang, agony, cross

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. anguish

    Anxiety is, according to its derivation, a choking disquiet, akin to anguish; anxiety is mental; anguish may be mental or physical; anguish is in regard to the known, anxiety in regard to the unknown; anguish is because of what has happened, anxiety because of what may happen. Anxiety refers to some future event, always suggesting hopeful possibility, and thus differing from apprehension, fear, dread, foreboding, terror, all of which may be quite despairing. In matters within our reach, anxiety always stirs the question whether something can not be done, and is thus a valuable spur to doing; in this respect it is allied to care. Foreboding, dread, etc., commonly incapacitate for all helpful thought or endeavor. Worry is a more petty, restless, and manifest anxiety; anxiety may be quiet and silent; worry is communicated to all around. Solicitude is a milder anxiety. Fretting or fretfulness is a weak complaining without thought of accomplishing or changing anything, but merely as a relief to one's own disquiet. Perplexity often involves anxiety, but may be quite free from it. A student may be perplexed regarding a translation, yet, if he has time enough, not at all anxious regarding it.

    anxiety, apprehension, care, concern, disquiet, disturbance, dread, fear, foreboding, fretfulness, fretting, misgiving, perplexity, solicitude, trouble, worry

    apathy, assurance, calmness, carelessness, confidence, ease, light-heartedness, nonchalance, satisfaction, tranquillity

    Anxiety for a friend's return; anxiety about, in regard to, or concerning the future.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. anguish

    pain, pang, wound, sorrow, distress, grief, discomfort, torture, excruciation, agony, torment

    ease, pleasure, enjoyment, ecstasy, rapture, relief, solace, comfort, assuagement

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anguish, torment, torturenoun

    extreme mental distress

    badgering, distortion, worrying, overrefinement, torturing, straining, harassment, torture, bedevilment, twisting, agony, curse, torment

  2. anguishverb

    extreme distress of body or mind

    torture, torment

  3. anguishverb

    suffer great pains or distress

    pain, hurt

  4. pain, anguish, hurtverb

    cause emotional anguish or make miserable

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

    smart, hurt, pain, trouble, injure, wound, bruise, suffer, offend, ache, ail, spite

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. anguishnoun

    agony (especially of the mind), torment, torture, rack, pang, severe pain, extreme suffering, acute distress

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. anguishnoun

    agony, distress, torture, misery, pang, remorse

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "anguish":

    anxiety, distress, angst, agony, pain, suffering, sorrow, grief, dread, heartbreak

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How to use anguish in a sentence?

  1. Colleen Kraft:

    When she went back into the interrogation room, it just made me wonder, we have this executive order saying we're not going to be separating parents and children, and you look at the anguish on the face of this woman and child, you have to wonder, what's going to happen to them ? Did this executive order mean anything at all ?

  2. The Democratic governor:

    Minneapolis and St. Paul are on fire, the fire is still smoldering in our streets. The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish unheard. Now generations of pain is manifesting itself in front of the world - and the world is watching.

  3. Natasha Eubanks:

    He seemingly never recovered from the anguish he saw her go through at the hands of the British press and the critics, he seems to have pledged to never let that happen to his wife and children.

  4. J. K. Rowling:

    We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on.

  5. Donald Trump:

    While reopening the government is long overdue, I will not celebrate a temporary reprieve to a politically motivated crisis that has left many federal employees in anguish over how to pay their bills, feed their families, and keep a roof over their heads.

Translations for anguish

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  • معاناةArabic
  • измъчвам, страдам, мъчение, терзание, страдание, измъчвам сеBulgarian
  • Todesangst, Kreuz, AgonieGerman
  • υποφέρω, μαρτύριο, αγωνιώ, βασανίζομαι, πονώ, αγωνία, βασανίζω, οδύνηGreek
  • anxtia, angustia, angustiar, congojaSpanish
  • غم و اندوهPersian
  • kärsimys, tuskaFinnish
  • croix, affres de la mort, calvaire, angoisse de la mortFrench
  • ard-ghuinnManx
  • gyötrelem, kín, gyötrődés, aggodalomHungarian
  • deritaIndonesian
  • soffrire, croce, angoscia, agonia, ambascia, penare, addolorare, calvarioItalian
  • צַעַרHebrew
  • داخKurdish
  • angustiaLatin
  • auētangaMāori
  • doodsangst, doodsstrijd, martelen, martelgang, lijden, hevig, agonieDutch
  • cierpieniePolish
  • agonia, angústiaPortuguese
  • chinui, chin, suferi, agonieRomanian
  • мучить, страдание, му́ка, тоска, терзание, мучениеRussian
  • agonija, patitiSerbo-Croatian

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    An antonym for "pesky"
    • A. agreeable
    • B. pettish
    • C. plaguey
    • D. pestilent

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