One of my earliest political memories was watching the agonizing Florida recount of 2000.
And so a writer of books in 2012 faces an agonizing choice: join the pioneers — or adhere to the tried and true?
As a result of his agonizing, other ambitious Montana Republicans, like Rosendale, are chomping at the bit.
And with the agonizing slow rise in retail sales, it's unlikely to change anytime soon.
To be lost in these wilds is to come close to an agonizing death of hunger and thirst.
He could not—when it came to the agonizing point—he could not face Nicky.
He could not sleep, and seemed to pass the whole night in agonizing prayer.
But to go into details—to relate the minutiae—is too agonizing!
But if your boss changed his mind, you would have an agonizing reappraisal.
She loves Russia,—our poor Russia, agonizing in the throes of a new birth; while we—we love her, the woman.
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.