- 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 agonize
The key is how much we can brood, and what is meant by brooding—is it to daydream, or is it to agonize over every detail?‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
The revenge factor would have been an added bonus, but really, what I wanted was for people to agonize over why I'd done it.I Was Adam Lanza, Part 3
December 23, 2012
Parents stood up to agonize about their responsibility, as cosigners, for the loans of their now unemployed offspring.NYU Professor: Are Student Loans Immoral?
September 27, 2012
I might agonize in words for a day and I should not express the delight.Wilfrid Cumbermede
May we know a little better what it is to agonize in prayer.The Assembly of God
C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
And this seething life, the turmoil and the noises of the city, agonize me.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Some must agonize and spend their strength unavailingly, like birds beating their wings against the bars of a cage for freedom.The Shadow of the East
E. M. Hull
Never again shall he agonize in Gethsemane, and sweat great drops of blood.Sermons of Christmas Evans
- to suffer or cause to suffer agony
- (intr) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
Word Origin and History 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.