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OTHER WORDS FROM agonizingag·o·niz·ing·ly, adverb
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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
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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.
Example sentences 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