anguishing


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an·guish

 (ăng′gwĭsh)
n.
Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment. See Synonyms at regret.
v. an·guished, an·guish·ing, an·guish·es
v.tr.
To cause to feel or suffer anguish.
v.intr.
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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anguishing

adjective
Extraordinarily painful or distressing:
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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.