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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 Indo-European roots.]
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Extraordinarily painful or distressing:
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The fury of his impotence called out sinister images, that faculty of tormenting vision, which in a moment of anguishing sense of wrong induces a man to mutter threats or make a menacing gesture in the solitude of an empty room.
The anguishing but rather rearguard horror of Bhopal (though, yes, it must be acknowledged that evil, like rust, never sleeps) gives way to a visit to Angkor Wat and an upsetting replay of the demonic Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.
Disclosing a harm-causing medical error can be one of the most anguishing conversations a healthcare professional can have," said Banja.