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[ag-uh-nahy-zing] /ˈæg əˌnaɪ zɪŋ/
accompanied by, filled with, or resulting in agony or distress:
We spent an agonizing hour waiting to hear if the accident had been serious or not.
Origin of agonizing
First recorded in 1660-70; agonize + -ing2
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agonizingly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Were the features against which that frail bit of cambric was agonizingly pressed of a pleasing contour?

    Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
  • A muffled sound, faint, but agonizingly definite—a woman's sobs!

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • He knew by her voice she was ill, and his palpitating heart was wrung so agonizingly that he was constantly in tears.

    Rose O'Paradise Grace Miller White
  • A glance told him it was empty; but he felt with his hands in all the dim corners, agonizingly whispering her name.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • Not able even to stand alone, awkwardly, agonizingly unable to mount his restive horse, his life was yet so strong within him!

    Jackanapes Juliana Horatio Ewing
  • It was as if someone had prodded him in an agonizingly sore place and he reacted instinctively.

    The Black Tide Arthur G. Stangland
  • An agonizingly long time later the faint and disregarded sound of the plane swept back across the heavens.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Slowly, like the agonizingly slow plastic creep of metal under great pressure, the gorilla-faced giant was yielding.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl

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