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Definition extremely distressed—typically with worry or grief
  • At the time, she was distraught over the loss of her child.
distraught = extremely distressed
  • I was so distraught from the breakup, I didn't think I'd ever be happy again.
  • distraught = distressed from grief
  • She's too distraught to know what she's saying.
  • distraught = extremely distressed
  • I guess I just got distraught, watching them.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • distraught = severely worried or dismayed
  • 'Distraught' is too strong an adjective to describe salmon-viewing. ... It was too strong an adjective.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • distraught = severe worry or dismay
  • He turned and wrote "distraught" on the instructional board.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • distraught = severe worry or dismay
  • When you came to my house and told me I was distraught.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Following, Charles Halloway watched the distraught boy who led him; observed his head, his frame, the way his pelvis hung from his spine.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • In my defense, I was distraught about my children lying half-conscious at my feet.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • 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
  • "You're very distraught, which means 'upset."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • I sat on my bed, petting the still distraught Nala.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Leonardo is .... distraught.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • He lacked all capacity for sustained worry or the distraught vigilance that comes from paranoia.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • 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
  • "I can see that for myself," he snapped, distraught.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Teabing looked distraught.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • In the holding cell, I found Shay still distraught, his eyes squinched shut.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The previous fall, when he'd come to take tea with Haji Ali, Mortenson had found Korphe's old nurmadhar distraught.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • My father gave money instead and she was distraught, saying that wasn't the same.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala

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