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Anguish vs. Pain — What's the Difference?

Anguish vs. Pain — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Anguish and Pain

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Anguish

Anguish (from the Latin angustia "distress") is "extreme unhappiness caused by physical or mental suffering." The feeling of suffering from anguish is typically preceded by a tragedy or event that has a profound meaning to the being in question. Anguish can be felt physically or mentally (often referred to as emotional distress).

Pain

Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage." In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition.

Anguish

Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment.

Pain

Highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury
She's in great pain
Chest pains

Anguish

To cause to feel or suffer anguish.
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Pain

Great care or trouble
She took pains to see that everyone ate well

Anguish

To feel or suffer anguish.

Pain

Cause mental or physical pain to
It pains me to say this
Her legs had been paining her

Anguish

Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.

Pain

An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body
Felt pains in his chest.

Anguish

(intransitive) To suffer pain.

Pain

Bodily suffering characterized by such feelings
Drugs to treat pain.

Anguish

(transitive) To cause to suffer pain.

Pain

Mental or emotional suffering; distress.

Anguish

Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.
But they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
Anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child.

Pain

An instance of this
The pains of humiliation.

Anguish

To distress with extreme pain or grief.

Pain

Pains The pangs of childbirth.

Anguish

Extreme mental distress

Pain

Pains Great care or effort
Taking pains with one's work.

Anguish

Extreme distress of body or mind

Pain

(Informal) A source of annoyance; a nuisance
Stuffing all these envelopes is a real pain.

Anguish

Suffer great pains or distress

Pain

To cause physical pain to; hurt
My feet really pained me after the hike.

Anguish

Cause emotional anguish or make miserable;
It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school

Pain

To cause mental or emotional distress to
"It pained him to remember every little thing about her" (John Irving).

Pain

An ache or bodily suffering, or an instance of this; an unpleasant sensation, resulting from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; hurt.
The greatest difficulty lies in treating patients with chronic pain.
I had to stop running when I started getting pains in my feet.

Pain

(uncountable) The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress
In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.
The pain of departure was difficult to bear.

Pain

An annoying person or thing.
Your mother is a right pain.

Pain

Suffering inflicted as punishment or penalty.
You may not leave this room on pain of death.

Pain

Labour; effort; great care or trouble taken in doing something.

Pain

Any of various breads stuffed with a filling.
Gammon pain; Spanish pain

Pain

(transitive) To hurt; to put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture.
The wound pained him.

Pain

(transitive) To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.
It pains me to say that I must let you go.

Pain

To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.

Pain

To feel pain; to hurt.
Please help me, I am paining hard.

Pain

Punishment suffered or denounced; suffering or evil inflicted as a punishment for crime, or connected with the commission of a crime; penalty.
We will, by way of mulct or pain, lay it upon him.
Interpose, on pain of my displeasure.
None shall presume to fly, under pain of death.

Pain

Any uneasy sensation in animal bodies, from slight uneasiness to extreme distress or torture, proceeding from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; bodily distress; bodily suffering; an ache; a smart.

Pain

Specifically, the throes or travail of childbirth.
She bowed herself and travailed, for her pains came upon her.

Pain

Uneasiness of mind; mental distress; disquietude; anxiety; grief; solicitude; anguish. Also called mental pain.
In rapture as in pain.

Pain

See Pains, labor, effort.

Pain

To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.

Pain

To put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture; as, his dinner or his wound pained him; his stomach pained him.
Excess of cold, as well as heat, pains us.

Pain

To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve; as, a child's faults pain his parents.
I am pained at my very heart.

Pain

A symptom of some physical hurt or disorder;
The patient developed severe pain and distension

Pain

Emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid;
The pain of loneliness

Pain

A somatic sensation of acute discomfort;
As the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain

Pain

A bothersome annoying person;
That kid is a terrible pain

Pain

Something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness;
Washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer
A bit of a bother
He's not a friend, he's an infliction

Pain

Cause bodily suffering to

Pain

Cause emotional anguish or make miserable;
It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school

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