- to suffer extreme pain or anguish; be in agony.
- to put forth great effort of any kind.
- to distress with extreme pain; torture.
Origin of agonize
Examples from the Web for agonising
Contemporary Examples of agonising
The sign says that it produced “extreme emaciation and a slow, agonising death.”My Visit To Hell
January 30, 2009
Historical Examples of agonising
His desire of life tormented him in a paroxysm of agonising remorse.Almayer's Folly
Fear, fear was clutching me, compressing me in an agonising grip.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
It must be agonising to you, and there would be dishonour as well as pain to me, in witnessing that agony.Deerbrook
In a moment more the agonising, hacking, rending cough came on.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
“That agonising pain in the back goes on too,” continued Bracy.Fix Bay'nets
George Manville Fenn
- to suffer or cause to suffer agony
- (intr) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
Word Origin for agonize
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.