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anguish

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Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
Charles Dickens
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Etymology

Old English anguishe, anguise, angoise, French angoisse, from Latin angustia narrowness, difficulty, distress, from angustus narrow, difficult, from angere to press together. See Anger.

Pronunciation

  • (WEAE) IPA: /'a[ng]-gwish/

Noun

anguish (uncountable)

  1. Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.

Quotations

  • (A date for this quote is being sought): 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.

— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Hound of the Baskervilles

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