anguish n

OFr anguisse, the painful sensation of choking < L. angustia, straitness, tightness < ang(u)-ěre, to strangle.

  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.