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What does agonizing mean?
Agony can be physical or emotional, and things that are agonizing can involve physical or emotional pain. A person who has just broken their leg and a person who has just experienced the death of a loved one could both be said to be in agonizing pain. To suffer an agonizing death is to experience an extremely painful one. An agonizing decision is one that is very hard to make due to being emotionally painful in some way.
Agonizing is also the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb agonize, which can mean to be in agony. However, it most commonly means to put forth a great effort—to struggle or strive, as in She’s been agonizing about what to get you for your birthday.
Example: She’s down and appears to be in agonizing pain—the trainers are coming onto the field now to help her.
Where does agonizing come from?
The first records of the word agonizing come from the 1500s. Its base word, agonize, comes from the Greek verb agōnízesthai, meaning “to struggle,” from agōn, “contest.”
Agonizing is typically used to describe things that involve intense pain or suffering, but sometimes it’s used in an exaggerated way. For example, describing a wait as agonizing usually means that it’s very long and hard to sit through—but not actually painful. Some waits can be truly emotionally agonizing, though—such as a wait to receive serious medical test results.
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How is agonizing used in real life?
Agonizing is commonly used to describe both intense physical and emotional pain.
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For those whose lives depend on getting a heart transplant, the wait for the gift of life can be agonizing. https://t.co/m4gtN5CAJS
— KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) September 24, 2020
“It was agonizing,” Kevin Cash told the Times' Marc Topkin Wednesday. “The decision was agonizing. The loss was agonizing. The different thoughts that run through your mind, the what-ifs, are really challenging.”https://t.co/3owRPJcYYt
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) October 29, 2020
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Is agonizing used correctly in the following sentence?
The decision to lay off some of my employees was agonizing, but I wouldn’t have been able to stay in business otherwise.
How to use agonizing in a sentence
Despite the agonizing wait, there’s still time for James to work back into championship form.With Anthony Davis back and LeBron James on the way, Lakers hope to ‘control our own destiny’|Ben Golliver|April 23, 2021|Washington Post
While Kenyan authorities say they are looking into the matter, the former residents of Mwariki say the government has yet to distribute any substantial aid or even broach a resettlement plan, leaving victims in agonizing limbo.Environmental Crises Are Forcing Millions Into Cities. Can Countries Turn Climate Migrants Into an Asset?|Aryn Baker/Kampi Ya Samaki, Kenya|April 22, 2021|Time
Rusch has long been lauded for her ability to push through the most agonizing of competitive events, but she discovered a new kind of suffering in Alaska—which is exactly what she was after.
These tools avoid the agonizing choice between prolonged damaging lockdowns or prolonged and massive strain on healthcare.We'll Probably Never Eliminate COVID-19 from the U.S. It's Still Worth Trying|Gavin Yamey|February 25, 2021|Time
My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.Lincoln Project tweeted a co-founder’s private messages after leaders promised to probe sexual harassment claims|Andrea Salcedo|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And we all know how long Rick has spent agonizing over how much of his old self to give up in order to stay alive.The Walking Dead’s ‘Slabtown’: The Real Source of Terror Isn’t Walkers, It’s Rape|Melissa Leon|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Tracy McNicoll|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was too busy riding shotgun on stagecoaches through the Sierras to sit at a desk agonizing over adverbs.
It was not until all the boxes and parcels must have arrived in the Condamine, that an agonizing thought struck Hugh.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Between agonizing moments, she chatted a little, and said it took her mind off her sufferings.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Isabel's brain seemed to eliminate every thought it had ever possessed and hurriedly to remodel down to one agonizing point.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
He turned and suddenly broke into agonizing sobs and then ran down the steps.
He himself was insupportably aware of her, as she sat, doomed and agonizing, in her chair at the head of Brodrick's table.The Creators|May Sinclair