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 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 While some series would explain away Camille's agonized path with straightforward flashbacks, Sharp Objects does not., "Sharp Objects Review: It’s Exactly What You Need During The Big Little Lies Drought," 5 July 2018 Constantly cloaked in shadow or grimacing in agonized resolution (such good work from Luca Casalanguida there)., "WW #88: Be careful when you say you're the baddest wrestler in the galaxy," 29 Dec. 2017 These would include Martin Starr as his brother, Adam; Shiri Appleby as his sister, Ruthie; Fred Melamed and Rhea Perlman as his agonized parents; and Hannah Heller as Adam’s wife, Zelda, whose recent brain damage no one really wants to address. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Lemon’ Review: Where Sour Meets Sweet," 17 Aug. 2017

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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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The first known use of agonized was in 1583

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“Agonized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of agonized

: showing mental or physical pain or agony

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