- to suffer extreme pain or anguish; be in agony.
- to put forth great effort of any kind.
- to distress with extreme pain; torture.
Origin of agonize
Examples from the Web for agonise
If we agonise that we and our descendants may rise, life is worth living.Life of Charles Darwin
G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
No one can make me believe that it is to be ascribed to this scandalous Government, under which we agonise.The Last Hope
Henry Seton Merriman
His exhortation and command rather is, “Strive”—“knock”—agonise to “enter in!”Memories of Bethany
John Ross Macduff
Othello must not agonise for a cloak, but ‘the little orphan Alice Fell’ has nothing else to agonise for.Oxford Lectures on Poetry
Andrew Cecil Bradley
- to suffer or cause to suffer agony
- (intr) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
Word Origin and History for agonise
1580s, "to torture," from Middle French agoniser or directly from Medieval Latin agonizare, from Greek agonizesthai "to contend in the struggle" (see agony). Intransitive sense of "to suffer physical pain" is recorded from 1660s. That of "to worry intensely" is from 1853. Related: Agonized; agonizing.