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

Definition of agonized

: characterized by, suffering, or expressing agony

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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 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, "‘Gangs of London’: Wham, Bam, Thank You, Man," 1 Apr. 2021 And then there is the almost Shakespearean specter of Joe Biden, the agonized father grieving the loss of one son and terrified at his inability to prevent the slow suicidal decline of the other. Washington Post, "Hunter Biden’s singular memoir of grief and addiction," 31 Mar. 2021 There are memories embedded with memories, agonized mashups of Fife's betrayals. Hamilton Cain Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: "Foregone," by Russell Banks," 12 Mar. 2021 The show featured Blumberg’s agonized conversations with his wife about his decision to potentially flush their family’s financial future down the drain. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Can Podcasts Improve Our Well-Being?," 28 Sep. 2020 The caricature paints a portrait of agonized men photographing their wives in front of brick walls and picturesque houseplants. Jillian Goltzman, Glamour, "The TikTok Husband Knows You're Laughing at Him," 9 Sep. 2020 His agonized screams were destroying the other soldiers’ morale, so Odysseus left him behind. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Can Greek Tragedy Get Us Through the Pandemic?," 1 Sep. 2020 Range and Bell deserve credit for adventurousness with their central idea: exploring the agonized genesis of Bowie the superstar during a disastrous limbo year, 1971. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Stardust': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 16 Apr. 2020 The emotional comeback was all for not as the Rockets defeated the Rams 41-35, sending the remaining fans home in agonized disbelief. Eddie Herz, The Denver Post, "The good, bad, ugly from CSU’s Ag Day heartbreaking loss to Toledo," 22 Sep. 2019

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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Agonized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of agonized

: showing mental or physical pain or agony

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