to suffer extreme pain or anguish; be in .
to put forth great effort of any kind.
to distress with extreme pain; torture.
The sign says that it produced “extreme emaciation and a slow, agonising death.”
My Visit To Hell Christopher Buckley January 29, 2009
To the castaways every hour of that night is one of fear and agonising suspense.
The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
His desire of life tormented him in a paroxysm of agonising remorse.
Almayer’s Folly Joseph Conrad
Ellen awaited his reply in a state of the most agonising suspense.
The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
It must be agonising to you, and there would be dishonour as well as pain to me, in witnessing that agony.
Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
After holding the shrunken hand for a moment he was convulsed with an agonising sob, and had to turn away.
New Grub Street George Gissing
For this imperious Voice is agonising for something and the drum is the beat of its heart.
Margarita’s Soul Ingraham Lovell
Then, rightly judging that it would be better to comply than keep me in a state of agonising suspense, she read it.
A Veldt Vendetta Bertram Mitford
Latterly the wound had festered, and gave him agonising pain.
The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
In this agonising situation a horseman was seen approaching from the opposite side of the road.
The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
to suffer or cause to suffer agony
(intransitive) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
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.
a person engaged in a contest, conflict, struggle, etc., especially the protagonist in a literary work. a person who is torn by inner conflict. Physiology. a contracting muscle whose action is opposed by another muscle. Compare (def 3). Pharmacology. a chemical substance capable of activating a receptor to induce a full or partial pharmacological response. […]
combative; striving to overcome in argument. straining for effect: agonistic humor. of or relating to ancient Greek athletic contests. Ethology. pertaining to the range of activities associated with aggressive encounters between members of the same species, including threat, attack, appeasement, or retreat. Historical Examples Moreover, most of the burrows were only a few feet apart […]
involving or accompanied by or severe struggle: an agonized effort. to suffer extreme pain or anguish; be in . to put forth great effort of any kind. to distress with extreme pain; torture. Contemporary Examples As President Barack Obama plays an agonized Hamlet over Afghanistan, the ice is cracking beneath his feet on Capitol Hill. […]
accompanied by, filled with, or resulting in or distress: We spent an agonizing hour waiting to hear if the accident had been serious or not. to suffer extreme pain or anguish; be in . to put forth great effort of any kind. to distress with extreme pain; torture. Contemporary Examples And so a writer of […]