- involving or accompanied by agony or severe struggle: an agonized effort.
Origin of agonized
- 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
Related Words for agonizeddisturb, lament, harrow, excruciate, crucify, bleed, squirm, pain, afflict, torture, writhe, hurt, try, strain, torment, struggle, wince, labor, strive, martyr
Examples from the Web for agonized
Contemporary Examples of agonized
Most important, he was a mother figure—he cared for them, reassured them, agonized on them, nagged them, even wept for them.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
Announcement videos are agonized over internally, so a bit of close-reading can be revealing.Tim Pawlenty's Obstacle Course
March 23, 2011
As President Barack Obama plays an agonized Hamlet over Afghanistan, the ice is cracking beneath his feet on Capitol Hill.With Friends Like These
October 7, 2009
Historical Examples of agonized
No leisure is here, only quivering, intense, agonized anxiety.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
But in his doctrine of spiritual integrity, in the agonized utterance, "Be true—be true!"The American Mind
But, little by little, his face resumed an agonized expression.
She seemed to have aged ten years from the hours of agonized weeping.
He had answered his call, praying him in an agonized voice to descend and rescue him.Murder Point
- 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.