As President Barack Obama plays an agonized Hamlet over Afghanistan, the ice is cracking beneath his feet on Capitol Hill.
Announcement videos are agonized over internally, so a bit of close-reading can be revealing.
Most important, he was a mother figure—he cared for them, reassured them, agonized on them, nagged them, even wept for them.
With agonized prescience the sailor knew that he was yielding.
In the room above, Roosevelt heard the host's agonized appeals.
Suddenly, Jack's voice ceased abruptly, to be succeeded a moment later by his agonized cry for "Help."
"He will die now, doctor," she said, in an agonized whisper.
Nearly eighteen hours had elapsed, since she had stolen, half-fainting, from the sight of Richard's white and agonized face.
"For heaven's sake, write that letter," came the agonized whisper.
Never had she heard a human voice so persuasive, and yet so agonized in its intensity.
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.