Definition for agonizing (2 of 2)
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 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|David Freeman|December 13, 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
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|Andy Hinds|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The opposition is afraid of the past because its revered members are culpable for some of the most agonizing memories it evokes.
Then followed for the less fortunate the long and agonizing march to the seaboard.Our Foreigners|Samuel P. Orth
With what agonizing suspense they waited could not be described.In Search of the Castaways|Jules Verne
If asleep, dreams of agonizing forms and ever-varying hues have thronged my fancy and driven away peace.Jane Talbot|Charles Brockden Brown
Two days of agonizing suspense, of alternate hope and despair, had told heavily on Marguerite Blakeney.The Elusive Pimpernel|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The afternoons when the bull-fighter fought in Seville were agonizing for his family as well as for himself.The Blood of the Arena|Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for agonizing
Word Origin for agonize
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.