distraught

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From Middle English, merger of distract (distracted) and straught (distraught), past participle of strecchen (to stretch). Compare also bestraught, extraught, forstraught, etc. More at distract, stretch.

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distraught (comparative more distraught, superlative most distraught)

  1. Deeply hurt, saddened, or worried; distressed.
    His distraught widow cried for days, feeling very alone.
    • 2018 May 26, Daniel Taylor, “Liverpool go through after Mohamed Salah stops Manchester City fightback”, in The Guardian (London)[1]:
      {{..}}Karius was a danger to his own team, responsible for Madrid’s two other goals and last seen wandering aimlessly around the pitch – alone, distraught and clearly traumatised – to ask forgiveness, hands clasped, from the thousands of Liverpool supporters.

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