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Definition extreme distress of body or mind
  • I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme distress
  • She was a gentle soul unaccustomed to seeing such hardship, so she felt anguish when she saw the homeless downtown.
  • Her guilt led to anguish until she committed her life to good.
  • 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
  • All the anguish, all the grief spilled out of him,
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • 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
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • I cried out, unable to hide my anguish.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • 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
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • ...while every feature and every muscle was relaxed from anguish to pleasure.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • ordinary lives free of anguish because he had been selected, as others before him had, to bear their burden.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • 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
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • There was sweat on his forehead and his face was filled with anguish.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • David stopped and took hold of Tally's shoulder, anguish on his face.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • anguish = extreme distress
  • Then Tony raises his voice in an anguished cry.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • anguished = with extreme distress
  • I have felt his anguish...
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
anguish = extreme distress

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