Definition for Anguish

anguish, n. [OFr anguisse, the painful sensation of choking < L. angustia, straitness, tightness < ang(u)-ěre, to strangle.] (webplay: agony, despair, mind, narrowness, pain, passion, sorrow, spirit).

  1. Expiration; cessation of breathing.
  2. Hurt; pain; severe discomfort from a wound; [fig.] torment; torture.
  3. Grief; tribulation; distress; extreme suffering of body or mind; keen distress from sorrow, remorse, despair, or similar emotion.
  4. Spiritual death; fall into mortality; separation from the presence of God; consequences of Adam and Eve's transgression in the Garden of Eden (see Jeremiah 4:31).
  5. Extreme ecstasy; powerful transport; passionate feeling; painfully intense emotion.

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