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  1. 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.
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Origin of agonizing

First recorded in 1660–70; agonize + -ing2
Related formsag·o·niz·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for agonizingly

awkwardly, excruciatingly, disturbingly, restlessly, uneasily, agonizingly, badly, vigorously, severely, miserably, annoyingly, irritatingly, wretchedly, carefully, hardly, harshly, inconveniently, laboriously, painfully, roughly

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  • The details were overpowering, but the total picture was agonizingly clear.

    The Next Logical Step

    Benjamin William Bova

  • A muffled sound, faint, but agonizingly definite—a woman's sobs!

    The Secret Witness

    George Gibbs

  • An agonizingly long time later the faint and disregarded sound of the plane swept back across the heavens.

    Operation Terror

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • A glance told him it was empty; but he felt with his hands in all the dim corners, agonizingly whispering her name.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner

  • It was as if someone had prodded him in an agonizingly sore place and he reacted instinctively.

    The Black Tide

    Arthur G. Stangland