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I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
  extreme distress of body or mind
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anguish anguished anguishing anguishes
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  • I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
  • Her guilt led to anguish until she committed her life to good.
  • She was a gentle soul unaccustomed to seeing such hardship, so she felt anguish when she saw the homeless downtown.
  • A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
    John 16:21 (NIV)

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  • The wild look of anguish and utter despair that the woman cast on him might have disturbed one less practised; but he was used to it.
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
    Luke 22:44 (NIV)
  • The voice in which she stated this was so evidently the voice of one in some extremity of anguish that Ralph had no course but to obey her.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • Philip thought with anguish of what she must have endured.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.
    Hector Berlioz
  • David stopped and took hold of Tally’s shoulder, anguish on his face.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies

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  • ordinary lives free of anguish because he had been selected, as others before him had, to bear their burden.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • He looked across the fire at Lennie’s anguished face, and then he looked ashamedly at the flames.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • I cried out, unable to hide my anguish.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • I have felt his anguish...
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • ...while every feature and every muscle was relaxed from anguish to pleasure.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Mostly, though, I saw the blaze of love and anguish that had come so often into her face.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Then Tony raises his voice in an anguished cry.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • There were tears in his eyes, but his mouth was twisted in hate and anguish and confusion.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • Our fear and anguish were at an end.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • The anguish my father’s news had caused me was far more painful than that.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • For, despite my anguish and anger, I knew of no other way of living,
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Winnie, struggling with the anguish of all these things, could only sit hunched and numb,
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • It came out of the darkness, a high, screaming sound, the sound of an animal in an extremity of anguish and terror.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • There was sweat on his forehead and his face was filled with anguish.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • She always felt a mixture of anguish in her love for him.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • GUIL: But why? Was it all for this? Who are we that so much should converge on our little deaths? (In anguish to the PLAYER:) Who are we?
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • There was anguish in her eyes as I told of the great struggle in the cave, the loss of her baby, the disappearance of Lak.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • He saw the anguish in Miles’s eyes, and Brian was reminded of the way Miles had looked at Missy’s funeral, trying and failing to make sense of all that had happened.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • His heart was torn with anguish.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • [DORA wrings her hands in anguish.]
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • All the anguish, all the grief spilled out of him,
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • ...all the dread of public exposure, that had so long been the anguish of his life,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It’s the anguish in Keenan’s eyes that makes me listen.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Unearthly cries of anguish.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Thomas’s stomach sank at the anguish he saw there.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • It did not make up for losing her family—that was a pain that still weighed her heart down, would never stop weighing her heart down—or for the anguish of losing Pietro, of being cheated by the Lucianos.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I cannot possibly convey the anguish our family feels, the deep hole in our lives left by Amy’s disappearance.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Marlee’s cry was pure anguish.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • The guilt and anguish in his expression made her chest constrict.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Alec’s eyes were huge and blue and full of anguish.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • More cries of anguish, fewer arms left.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • His head fell back against the wall, his mouth came open, and a terrible howl of anguish tumbled out and bounced from wall to wall and floor to ceiling and pounded against my ears.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • " "Miss Bunting and I were awoken by their anguished cries," she explained, "but we found ourselves barricaded inside the house.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • She looked at me, anguished and pleading.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Although they said they understood, they were clearly anguished about getting legal assistance while other men faced looming executions.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It is the kind of event that should have surfaced as the first chapter of an anguished autobiographical novel.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • He described how after the mother snapped out of it and realized what she had done, she nearly tore herself to pieces with her horror and anguish.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • She remembered the anguished look Wells had given her as the guards were escorting her out of the Council chambers.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Enough the anguish I endure.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • I watch him sail through the air, flailing his arms with a look of terror on his anguished face.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
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