(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. discomfort, pain; trouble, affliction, trial, privation, harassment, grief, anxiety; calamity, adversity. See poverty, difficulty.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Mental agony]
Syn. worry, anxiety, perplexity, misery, sorrow, wretchedness, pain, suffering, agony, anguish, dejection, irritation, vexation, ache, heartache, dolor, ordeal, desolation, mortification, affliction, discomfort, trouble, woe, torment, torture, shame, embarrassment, disappointment, tribulation, pang; see also anxiety , grief 1 .
Ant. joy*, happiness, ease, comfort.
2. [Physical agony]
Syn. agony, anguish, suffering, ache; see pain 1 , 2 .
3. [Misfortune]
Syn. straits, danger, trouble, adversity; see crisis , danger , difficulty 1 , 2 , disaster , poverty 1 .
Syn.- distress implies mental or physical strain imposed by pain, trouble, worry, or the like and usually suggests a state or situation that can be relieved [distress caused by famine ] ; suffering emphasizes the actual enduring of pain, distress, or tribulation [ the suffering of the wounded ] ; agony suggests mental or physical torment so excruciating that the body or mind is convulsed with the force of it [ in mortal agony] ; anguish has equal force but is more often applied to acute mental suffering [ the anguish of despair ] v.
Syn. trouble, disturb, upset, grieve; see bother 3 , depress 2 , disturb 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
pain, suffering, anxiety, anguish, difficulty, strain, unhappiness, sorrow, discomfort, agony, angst, torture.
upset, worry, trouble, strain, disturb, bother, burden, aggrieve, pain, plague, hurt, tax, torment, harass.
ANT.: comfort, console, soothe, relieve
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To cause anxious uneasiness in: ail, cark, concern, trouble, worry. See CONCERN. 2. To cause suffering or painful sorrow to: aggrieve, grieve, hurt, injure, pain, wound. See HAPPY. II noun 1. A troubled or anxious state of mind: angst, anxiety, anxiousness, care, concern, disquiet, disquietude, nervousness, solicitude, unease, uneasiness, worry. See FEELINGS. 2. A state of physical or mental suffering: affliction, agony, anguish, hurt, misery, pain, torment, torture, woe, wound, wretchedness. See HAPPY. 3. The condition of being in need of immediate assistance: exigence, exigency, hot water, trouble. See HELP.

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