Angst vs Anguish - What's the difference?

angst | anguish |

Anguish is a related term of angst.

As nouns the difference between angst and anguish

is that angst is emotional turmoil; painful sadness while anguish is extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.

As verbs the difference between angst and anguish

is that angst is to suffer angst; to fret while anguish is to suffer pain.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Emotional turmoil; painful sadness.
  • * 1979 , Peter Hammill, Mirror images
  • I've begun to regret that we'd ever met / Between the dimensions. / It gets such a strain to pretend that the change / Is anything but cheap. / With your infant pique and your angst pretensions / Sometimes you act like such a creep.
  • * 2007 , Martyn Bone, Perspectives on Barry Hannah (page 3)
  • Harry's adolescence is theatrical and gaudy, and many of its key scenes have a lurid and camp quality that is appropriate to the exaggerated mood-shifting and self-dramatizing of teen angst .
  • A feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially philosophical anxiety.
  • Derived terms

    * angst bunny, angstbunny * angsty


    (en verb)
  • (informal) To suffer angst; to fret.
  • * 2001 , Joseph P Natoli, Postmodern Journeys: Film and Culture, 1996-1998
  • In the second scene, the camera switches to the father listening, angsting , dying inside, but saying nothing.
  • * 2006 , Liz Ireland, Three Bedrooms in Chelsea
  • She'd never angsted so much about her head as she had in the past twenty-four hours. Why the hell hadn't she just left it alone?


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  • Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.
  • * Bible, Exodus vi. 9
  • But they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
  • * Latimer
  • Ye miserable people, you must go to God in anguishes , and make your prayer to him.
  • * 1889 , :
  • A terrible scream—a prolonged yell of horror and anguish —burst out of the silence of the moor. That frightful cry turned the blood to ice in my veins.


    * agony, calvary, cross, pang, torture, torment * See also:


  • To suffer pain.
  • * (rfdate) 1900s , Kl. Knigge, Iceland Folk Song , traditional, Harmony: H. Ruland
  • We’re leaving these shores for our time has come, the days of our youth must now end. The hearts bitter anguish , it burns for the home that we’ll never see again.
  • To cause to suffer pain.