Adjective "distraught" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Very worried and upset.
  1. 'he is terribly distraught'
  2. 'The distraught uncle said the family was praying for the safe release of the teenager.'
  3. 'He was distraught and we virtually had to tie him down to stop him leaping back into the water.'
  4. 'After looking up my marks on Quest, I was distraught to find they had a slight scar to them.'
  5. 'A distraught father has told how his wife sat watching TV as a car crashed through their living room wall.'
  6. 'I would be totally distraught if she died and I couldn't do anything about it.'
  7. 'This is something no one dare tell a distraught woman, desperate to know whether she should be grieving or not.'
  8. 'My parents were distraught and upset by the actions of this person or people.'
  9. 'They were too distraught to talk and appealed to the assembled media to stay away.'
  10. 'Matthew's distraught mother, Ann, was offered comfort by the youngsters at the scene.'
  11. 'He said floral tributes had been put at the front door to the flat, including one by a girl who seemed quite distraught.'


1. distracted; deeply agitated.

2. mentally deranged; crazed.

More examples(as adjective)

"sources can be distraught after meetings."

"people can be distraught by desolations."

"soldiers can be distraught over duties."

"people can be distraught in/at/on yesterdays."

"people can be distraught with people."

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Late Middle English: alteration of the obsolete adjective distract (from Latin distractus ‘pulled apart’), influenced by straught, archaic past participle of stretch.