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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A policewoman was trying to calm the boy's distraught mother.
▪ Benson was so distraught over the breakup of his marriage that he committed suicide.
▪ Casey was totally distraught that they were throwing him out of school.
▪ He could see that I was distraught, but he still kept asking me questions.
▪ The distraught parents of the missing baby have made a public appeal for her return.
▪ We were all distraught about the accident, but Mama was the most upset.
▪ A lot of men are distraught at not being able to give birth and there's little to be done about that.
▪ Her distraught family were given the bombshell news yesterday as the model lapsed in and out of horrific hallucinations.
▪ His father, who lives in Basildon, is said to be distraught.
▪ Mrs Drummond was distraught when she realised Isabelle's condition.
▪ The androids had pulled the shaking and distraught officer from the wreck of the room and taken him directly to their controller.
▪ Totally distraught, Amy told her parents.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Distraught \Dis*traught"\, p. p. & a. [OE. distract, distrauht. See Distract, a.]

  1. Torn asunder; separated. [Obs.] ``His greedy throat . . . distraught.''

  2. Distracted; perplexed. ``Distraught twixt fear and pity.''

    As if thou wert distraught and mad with terror.

    To doubt betwixt our senses and our souls Which are the most distraught and full of pain.
    --Mrs. Browning.


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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., alteration (Englishing) of earlier distract (perhaps by association with other past participle forms in -ght, such as caught, bought, brought), mid-14c., past participle of distracten "derange the intellect of, drive mad" (see distract).


a. Deeply hurt, saddened, or worried; distressed.


adj. deeply agitated especially from emotion; "distraught with grief" [syn: overwrought]

Usage examples of "distraught".

Like Washington and many others, Adams had become increasingly distraught over the rise of political divisiveness, the forming of parties or factions.

Her expression revealed nothing, but Banks could tell from her brusque body language that she was distraught.

She would rip at his clothes, trying desperately to fellate the confused and distraught object of her desire, her scarlet talons reducing his shit-stained jockeys to flapping curtains of tatters and blood.

He was distraught when he was unable to accept an invitation from Roger Greenaway to attend the annual dinner of the Society of Distinguished Songwriters.

They had been summoned by a in response to a 911 call by a distraught neighbor of the Hearts, Mrs.

Distraught over his divorce, the man had opened fire with a rifle, picking off six women shoppers and a saleslady before the police apprehended him.

Skillen, the stagekeeper, Hugh Wegges, the tireman, Will Fowler, one of the players, John Tallis, an apprentice, Matthew Lipton, the scrivener, and the distraught Peter Digby, leader of the musicians, who was still mortified that he had sent Richard the Lionheart to his grave with the wrong funeral march.

Dust motes floated in the subdued rays of light that played on the heads and shoulders of the congregation and there was movement everywhere, bodies shifting on the benches, distraught children waving their arms in the air, Blackshirts patrolling the centre aisle, weapons at the ready.

I would guess that Cheryl Anne was hounding him at home to reinstate Thud, and using the column to keep him in a distraught frame of mind at school.

Zefram Cochrane in the twenty-first century and we saw Earth in a very distraught state.

When a distraught Bolian collided with him, knocking him into the sand, Geordi felt himself slipping downward.

And Holger Neumann, distraught at the death of Marx, would most certainly have killed himself.

Like the emotionally battered children of distraught and noncommunicative parents, those in the room would have to choose to which parent they would commit their trust, to the man who could best repair Wallaby and lead the company from its stalled state to a prosperous future.

Considering that she was clearly distraught over the nonliving status of the man upon the ground, I decided that my surmise was accurate.

Victoria, but he was so distraught over Olivia, he let himself go with her, and Olivia reached out and touched his fingers.