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Definition: 1. very distressed; 2. insane or not of sound mental health

Synonyms: distressed, disturbed, worried, anxious, agitated, upset, insane, crazed, deranged

Antonyms: calm

Tips: The word distraught is related to the word distract. You can think of someone who is distraught as being preoccupied and worried, and therefore distracted from all but their cause for concern. Think, deep agitation or worry, especially from something distracting.

Usage Examples:

When his mother learned that he had failed the course for the second time, she was distraught. (upset, agitated, worried)

The distraught man eventually lost all touch with reality and had to be institutionalized. (disturbed, insane)

Uncertain about their future, the evacuees watched the news with distraught faces. (anxious, distressed)

The boy's parents were distraught when he did not come home in time for his curfew. (worried, upset, anxious)

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