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Definition extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
  • I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme pain
  • Her guilt led to anguish until she committed her life to good.
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • She was a gentle soul unaccustomed to seeing such hardship, so she felt anguish when she saw the homeless downtown.
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • 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)
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • In spite of the fear gnawing in his stomach and the anguish of missing his family—already—he felt a thrill of excitement.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • anguish = suffering or distress
  • He seemed crazy with anguish, reliving a pain he'd kept locked up all this time, and now that it was loose, it had overwhelmed him.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
  • Filled with anguish, he said that he felt responsible for the deaths of all of those men.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • That he cannot protect the girl he loves anguishes him greatly.
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • anguishes = distresses
  • Winnie, struggling with the anguish of all these things, could only sit hunched and numb,
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • Charles Wallace cried in an anguished voice. "I don't know enough! Not yet!"
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • anguished = extremely distressed
  • But as I hold Khalil's grandma's hand, I see the anguish in her eyes.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • anguish = distress or suffering
  • She tried to soothe me, to tell me it didn't matter, that there was no reason to blame myself. But ashamed, and no longer able to control my anguish, I began to sob.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • anguish = suffering or distress
  • She was relieved, but still imagined the anguish of the strikers.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • anguish = suffering or distress
  • He looked across the fire at Lennie's anguished face, and then he looked ashamedly at the flames.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • anguished = extremely distressed
  • He sat in his dwelling alone, watching through the window, seeing children at play, citizens bicycling home from uneventful days at work, ordinary lives free of anguish because he had been selected, as others before him had, to bear their burden.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
anguish = pain and distress

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