- accompanied by, filled with, or resulting in agony or distress: We spent an agonizing hour waiting to hear if the accident had been serious or not.
Origin of agonizing
- 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 agonizing
He makes his way, step by agonizing step, his face red and wheezing, his eyes straight ahead.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
What followed was an agonizing spectacle that ended when Lockett died at 7.06 p.m.—43 minutes after the drugs began to flow.Lethal Injection Leads to the Most Botched Executions
Austin Sarat, Robert Henry Weaver, Heather Richard
April 30, 2014
It catalogues a massive but doomed police investigation through its agonizing near-misses and mistaken hunches.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France
April 28, 2014
But it serves no one to perpetuate the idea that parenting is supposed to be an agonizing and thankless slog.Ad's Message to Moms: If You Don’t Think Parenting Sucks, You’re Doing it Wrong
April 18, 2014
The opposition is afraid of the past because its revered members are culpable for some of the most agonizing memories it evokes.Bangladesh’s Radical Islamists Get U.S. Backing
January 12, 2014
Take a very common instance of this agonizing incompatibility.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
The thirst of the snow fields is most agonizing, and can only be likened to the thirst of the desert.The Long Labrador Trail
But where was the mother during these fearful and agonizing moments!
Nan, agonizing in her suspense, cried out she must join him and go with him if he went.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
The struggle was fearful and agonizing, but the victory triumphant.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
- to suffer or cause to suffer agony
- (intr) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
Word Origin and History for agonizing
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.