The key is how much we can brood, and what is meant by brooding—is it to daydream, or is it to agonize over every detail?
Parents stood up to agonize about their responsibility, as cosigners, for the loans of their now unemployed offspring.
The revenge factor would have been an added bonus, but really, what I wanted was for people to agonize over why I'd done it.
The great souls come and go and agonize and cry in the wilderness, and the little souls determine what shall be.
May we know a little better what it is to agonize in prayer.
Lock up the human wild beasts who agonize for liberty, and you will find that few jails will hold them.
And this seething life, the turmoil and the noises of the city, agonize me.
Yet, dying, I agonize to live, and fear to drink the last drop of that bitter cup.
Too far gone to agonize in prayer, I could only quietly, almost mutely, just tell him how the poor child had no clothes.
The plan operated mainly to agonize many children permanently against arising to speak their thought to fellow-creatures.
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.