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Distraught definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DISTRAUGHT, Obs. [See Distract.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: deeply agitated especially from emotion; "distraught with grief" [syn: distraught, overwrought]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English, modification of Latin distractus Date: 14th century 1. agitated with doubt or mental conflict or pain <distraught mourners> 2. mentally deranged ; crazed <as if thou wert distraught and mad with terror Shakespeare> distraughtly adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. distracted with worry, fear, etc.; extremely agitated. Etymology: ME, alt. of obs. distract (adj.) (as DISTRACT), after straught obs. past part. of STRETCH

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Distract Dis*tract", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distracted, old p. p. Distraught; p. pr. & vb. n. Distracting.] 1. To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin. A city . . . distracted from itself. --Fuller. 2. To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the eye; to distract the attention. Mixed metaphors . . . distract the imagination. --Goldsmith. 3. To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of motives or of cares; to confound; to harass. Horror and doubt distract His troubled thoughts. --Milton. 4. To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to madden; -- most frequently used in the participle, distracted. A poor mad soul; . . . poverty hath distracted her. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Distraught Dis*traught", p. p. & a. [OE. distract, distrauht. See Distract, a.] 1. Torn asunder; separated. [Obs.] ``His greedy throat . . . distraught.'' --Spenser. 2. Distracted; perplexed. ``Distraught twixt fear and pity.'' --Spenser. As if thou wert distraught and mad with terror. --Shak. To doubt betwixt our senses and our souls Which are the most distraught and full of pain. --Mrs. Browning.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If someone is distraught, they are so upset and worried that they cannot think clearly. His distraught parents were being comforted by relatives. ADJ

Moby Thesaurus

abashed, abnormal, abroad, addled, adrift, agitated, astray, at sea, batty, bereft of reason, berserk, bewildered, bothered, brainsick, clueless, concerned, confused, crackbrained, cracked, crazed, crazy, daft, delirious, deluded, demented, deprived of reason, deranged, discomposed, disconcerted, dismayed, disoriented, distracted, distrait, distressed, disturbed, embarrassed, excited, feverish, flighty, flustered, frantic, frenetic, frenzied, guessing, hallucinated, harassed, hysterical, in a fix, in a maze, in a pickle, in a scrape, in a stew, insane, irrational, loco, lost, lunatic, mad, maddened, manic, mazed, mental, mentally deficient, meshuggah, moon-struck, muddled, nervous, non compos, non compos mentis, nonplussed, not all there, not right, nuts, odd, of unsound mind, off, off the track, overwrought, perturbed, psycho, put-out, queer, rambling, reasonless, senseless, sick, stark-mad, stark-staring mad, strange, tetched, tormented, touched, troubled, turned around, unbalanced, unhinged, unsane, unsettled, unsound, upset, wandering, wild, without a clue, witless, worked up, wrought up


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