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.
As President Barack Obama plays an agonized Hamlet over Afghanistan, the ice is cracking beneath his feet on Capitol Hill.
With Friends Like These Martin Sieff October 6, 2009
Announcement videos are agonized over internally, so a bit of close-reading can be revealing.
Tim Pawlenty’s Obstacle Course John Avlon March 22, 2011
Most important, he was a mother figure—he cared for them, reassured them, agonized on them, nagged them, even wept for them.
What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers Nik Cohn February 8, 2014
With agonized prescience the sailor knew that he was yielding.
The Wings of the Morning Louis Tracy
No leisure is here, only quivering, intense, agonized anxiety.
The Forest Stewart Edward White
Suddenly, Jack’s voice ceased abruptly, to be succeeded a moment later by his agonized cry for “Help.”
The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border Gerald Breckenridge
Mr. Jim Fletcher, whose place was next him, uttered an agonized “Ow!”
Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
Nearly eighteen hours had elapsed, since she had stolen, half-fainting, from the sight of Richard’s white and agonized face.
The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
Dick lifted his agonized face and stared into Elsa’s tear wet eyes.
The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
Never had she heard a human voice so persuasive, and yet so agonized in its intensity.
Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
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.
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 […]
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. Contemporary Examples Heartsick, depressed, agonizingly lonely, she would disappear for days behind her locked bedroom doors. New Questions Arise About Mary Richardson Kennedy’s Suicide Nancy Collins May 15, 2013 The […]
- Agony column
a section or column in a newspaper containing advertisements by individuals seeking missing relatives or lost pets or possessions, announcing the end of a marriage, etc. Contemporary Examples Reynolds wrote an agony column, “Susan Chester Heart-to-Heart Letters,” for the Brooklyn Eagle. American Dreams, 1933: Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West Nathaniel Rich April 28, 2013 Historical […]
- Agony aunt
noun (sometimes capital) a person who writes the replies to readers’ letters in an agony column Gender-netural form advice columnist noun an advice columnist for a periodical or media program Examples Ann Landers and Dear Abby are agony aunts. Word Origin from ‘agony’ as personal problems and ‘aunt’ for one offering comfort and advice Usage […]