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.
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 latest opinion polls suggest it will be agonizingly close.
Scots Must Choose Heart or Head Nico Hines September 17, 2014
Were the features against which that frail bit of cambric was agonizingly pressed of a pleasing contour?
Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
A muffled sound, faint, but agonizingly definite—a woman’s sobs!
The Secret Witness George Gibbs
He knew by her voice she was ill, and his palpitating heart was wrung so agonizingly that he was constantly in tears.
Rose O’Paradise Grace Miller White
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
Not able even to stand alone, awkwardly, agonizingly unable to mount his restive horse, his life was yet so strong within him!
Jackanapes Juliana Horatio Ewing
It was as if someone had prodded him in an agonizingly sore place and he reacted instinctively.
The Black Tide Arthur G. Stangland
An agonizingly long time later the faint and disregarded sound of the plane swept back across the heavens.
Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
It attempts to live on, indefinitely, agonizingly, no matter how antiquated it might have become.
Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
- 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 […]
- Agony uncle
noun (sometimes capital) a man who writes the replies to readers’ letters in an agony column Gender-netural form advice columnist
a popular political assembly. the place where such an assembly met, originally a marketplace or public square. the Agora, the chief marketplace of Athens, center of the city’s civic life. an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Israel, the 100th part of a shekel: replaced the prutah as the fractional unit in 1960. Historical Examples […]