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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. 2018.
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  • The details were overpowering, but the total picture was agonizingly clear.

    The Next Logical Step Benjamin William Bova
  • A muffled sound, faint, but agonizingly definite—a woman's sobs!

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • An agonizingly long time later the faint and disregarded sound of the plane swept back across the heavens.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • 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
  • It was as if someone had prodded him in an agonizingly sore place and he reacted instinctively.

    The Black Tide Arthur G. Stangland
  • And in two minutes he was flown, agonizingly anxious, knowing that something was wrong.

  • No street is avoided in their daily walks, which agonizingly suggests a floating form once watched and waited for there.

    Folly as It Flies Fanny Fern
  • 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

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