to suffer extreme pain or anguish; be in agony.
to put forth great effort of any kind.
to distress with extreme pain; torture.
- Also especially British, ag·o·nise .
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How to use agonize in a sentence
The sign says that it produced “extreme emaciation and a slow, agonising death.”
In the midst of this feverish pursuit of pleasure there came over him—so he said—moments of agonising despair.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
The word "rations" wrought an immediate change in Jones's agonising visage.
I tell you, words can never describe the horror of the agonising months as they crawled by.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
The agonising cries of victims find in his paintings an echo in the sullen shadows and the leaden, heavy clouds of the sky.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
To the castaways every hour of that night is one of fear and agonising suspense.The Land of Fire | Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for agonize
to suffer or cause to suffer agony
(intr) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
- agonizingly or agonisingly, adverb
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