verb (used without object), ag·o·nized, ag·o·niz·ing.
verb (used with object), ag·o·nized, ag·o·niz·ing.
Examples from the Web for agonising
The sign says that it produced “extreme emaciation and a slow, agonising death.”
Then he began to be sore perplexed, and torn with agonising doubts.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
I dreaded the agonising scenes that would follow this state of immobility.
Corinne, who in agonising anxiety has followed him to England, learns his state of mind, and sends him back his ring.
What was M. de Bouillé doing during this long and agonising night the king passed at Varennes?History of the Girondists, Volume I|Alphonse de Lamartine
But he was left in a state of agonising suspense, for very soon the shouts of the troopers ceased also.Boscobel: or, the royal oak|William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for agonising
Word Origin for agonize
Word Origin and History for agonising
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.