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anguishing

[ ang-gwish ]SEE DEFINITION OF anguishing

Synonyms for anguishing

  • agonizing
  • excruciating
  • harrowing
  • suffering
  • torturing
  • painful
  • torturous
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Antonyms for anguishing

  • pleasant
  • pleasing
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ANGUISHING

And, most anguishing of all, there was no chance that there was a mistake.

The wild steed sought to fling up his head to shake off this anguishing weight of seventy odd pounds.

An anguishing desire for the safe and wholesome Present usurped all this mad yearning to obtain the Past.

We resumed our seats, but had hardly done so, when a deep and most anguishing groan was heard, that pierced our very hearts.

Our audiences, as you will have gathered, were often critical folk who could sit with dry eyes through our most anguishing scenes.

Winnie's sweet and trusting faith in him filled him with an anguishing shame.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "acute bodily or mental suffering," from Old French anguisse, angoisse "choking sensation, distress, anxiety, rage," from Latin angustia (plural angustiae) "tightness, straitness, narrowness;" figuratively "distress, difficulty," from ang(u)ere "to throttle, torment" (see anger (v.)).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ANGUISHING

tormenting

adjectivevery painful

torturous

adjectivetormenting
  • agonizing
  • anguishing
  • bothersome
  • distressing
  • excruciating
  • harrowing
  • harrying
  • plaguing
  • punishing
  • troubling
  • trying
  • vexing
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