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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 latest opinion polls suggest it will be agonizingly close.
Scots Must Choose Heart or Head Nico Hines September 17, 2014

Historical Examples

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


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