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"If we go up there and start hugging people and crying and attempting things that make no sense with people who have no chance—all because we’re distraught . it’ll just hurt more folks in the long run.
James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  severe worry or dismay
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  • "If we go up there and start hugging people and crying and attempting things that make no sense with people who have no chance—all because we’re distraught . it’ll just hurt more folks in the long run.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • My father gave money instead and she was distraught, saying that wasn’t the same.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I must have looked pretty distraught.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "I really didn’t mean any harm, sir," I said in my best distraught voice.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • In my defense, I was distraught about my children lying half-conscious at my feet.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Jimmy Bower, who worked behind the counter and had once danced with Ruby in a show, was distraught.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • One girl even burst into tears; she’d once been to the Waiting Room herself, apparently, and was distraught at the mere mention of the place.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The command was entirely unnecessary, for the moment he began to speak everyone but Milo, Tock, and the distraught bug rushed from the hall, down the stairs, and out of the palace.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • His sister-in-law was still distraught over the loss of her children, and grew even more agitated when they passed a wagon loaded with frightened children.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The child is distraught.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time

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  • Angela stood between her determined mother and her distraught partner, paralyzed by the burden of choice.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • He knew my mother would be distraught, and he knew that only he could comfort her.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • "She doesn’t have anything to do with it, and even though she doesn’t show it, she’s distraught.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • When you came to my house and told me I was distraught.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • So we would try to explain to the distraught suburbanites that things were not always what they seemed, that the parents and relatives of these children spent a great deal of money so their children would not be "shame" when they went to Washington, and that the children were often taciturn and remote with strangers.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • An Iowa officer who had risen from the ranks during three years of service while his father and younger sister had died and his brother was missing in action after the battle of Atlanta wrote to his distraught mother in September, 1864, that he could not resign his commission and come home while the war’s outcome remained in doubt.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Zu was shaking her head, looking distraught at the suggestion.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • This school was a pleasant institution to which I was sent at fourteen by my distraught father, who found me difficult to handle after my mother died.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "You’re very distraught, which means ’upset."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • Salem stepped around him, and then noticed the man was distraught, weeping inconsolably.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I was so distraught over what happened to her that I wanted her to keep drinking, as if my blood could fix everything for her.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • But sometimes, late in the day especially, it tends to upset her—she thinks she has to practice, that she has to prepare a piece for school, she gets distraught.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He slumps back in his chair, distraught.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Minho was standing behind him, looking distraught and dirty, and spotted Thomas first.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • I guess I just got distraught, watching them.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • She woke her up with the same distraught shake.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • In spite of her distraught state, Laila almost laughed.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I wasn’t showing, but she knew something was going on because I was so distraught.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Pilot Joe Deasy recalled a distraught airman who came to him with a question: If a crewman went mad during a mission, would the crew shoot him?
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He could distinctly see the distraught yet angry expression on the faces of these two men, who evidently did not realize what they were doing.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Ginny Weasley, who sat next to Colin Creevey in Charms, was distraught, but Harry felt that Fred and George were going the wrong way about cheering her up.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • I went straightaway and found a very distraught Mr. Goldschmidt.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • We go back and forth like this, Baba pacing, distraught; me feeding him lies, then trying to distract him with his collection of home-improvement catalogs or something on television.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • You saw how distraught he was.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Instead of feeling distraught over this turn of events, moreover, McCandless was exhilarated: He saw the flash flood as an opportunity to shed unnecessary baggage.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Teabing looked distraught.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But Tita was distraught.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • He seems so distraught.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • His warm canteen was empty, and he was too distraught to remember the lister bag hanging outside in the shade between the two tents.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Danny was pale and seemed tense and distraught.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • He delivers a heart-wrenching speech, so distraught he can barely contain himself.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • His head leaned back so far that it rested against the face of a defunct mantelpiece clock, and from this position his distraught eyes stared down at Daisy, who was sitting, frightened but graceful, on the edge of a stiff chair.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I sat on my bed, petting the still distraught Nala.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Catherine was near distraught: still, she persisted that she must go home, and tried entreaty in her turn, persuading him to subdue his selfish agony.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • At length, not coming out of her distraught state by degrees, but in an instant, Miss Havisham said, "Let me see you two play cards; why have you not begun?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Roran looked from her flushed, angry face to Morn’s distraught one, then turned and opened the door.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He moved on, and then, thus going, he said to me, "Why art thou so distraught?"
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The last time she’d seen him, she’d been distraught; the last time they’d been together, he hadn’t bothered to say good-bye.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • "What is the matter with me!" he cried again, like one distraught.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Bring forth the older; even now I saw her Within the palace, frenzied and distraught.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
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