ag·​o·​nized | \ ˈa-gə-ˌnīzd How to pronounce agonized (audio) \

Definition of agonized

: characterized by, suffering, or expressing agony

Examples of agonized in a Sentence

an agonized cry of despair one look at his agonized, tearful eyes and it was clear that something was terribly wrong
Recent Examples on the Web How exhausting, this insistence on art and art making as forever agonized and ecstatic. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Bradley’s vocal emphasis in the famed title role is on that character’s agonized response to the ascending chaos around her. Chris Jones,, 13 Mar. 2022 Her successor, Mayor Erin Mendenhall, has since defended the deal and the City Council’s ensuing and agonized decision to approve it and not to spend tens of millions of dollars renovating the theater. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Feb. 2022 Neither species seems that pleased with the offering, though Maple June still, with an agonized look on her face, wolfs raw lemons down. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2022 Here are principles, from long and often agonized experience, on Setting Goals for Your Comeback from Setback (Early Stages). Roger Robinson, Outside Online, 14 Jan. 2021 Is this the story of Granny C’s agonized comeuppance? Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Andrée, a free spirit, grows ever more high-strung and extreme, to the point of self-harm and illness, while Sylvie proves an impotent witness to her friend’s agonized decline. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 When the man’s answers don’t prove satisfactory, Sean douses him and the rope that’s holding him in gasoline, lights them on fire, and gazes on admiringly as the rope burns away, sending his victim’s fiery, agonized body plummeting to his death. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of agonized

1583, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agonized

from past participle of agonize

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30 Apr 2022

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“Agonized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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