Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment. See Synonyms at regret.
v. an·guished, an·guish·ing, an·guish·es
To cause to feel or suffer anguish.
To feel or suffer anguish.
[Middle English angwisshe, from Old French anguisse, from Latin angustiae, distress, from angustus, narrow; see angh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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