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Definition of agonizing

: causing agony

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Other Words from agonizing

agonizingly adverb

Examples of agonizing in a Sentence

a long and agonizing battle with cancer She made the agonizing decision to cancel the trip. The agonizing wait was finally over. He was in agonizing pain.
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Recent Examples on the Web The movie’s perky setup was agonizing; its cheerful toggling between Helen’s two fates felt painful to witness. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Americans Are Living in an Alternate History," 6 July 2020 But, after stressing and agonizing for weeks over every minute detail of the reopening, Caraeff was reassured by his experience. oregonlive, "Life returns to normal – sort of – for North Portland’s The Old Gold bar after 100-day coronavirus closure," 1 July 2020 The venom is a cytotoxin (cell-destroying) that produces massive tissue damage, and what is reported to be the most agonizing of any snakebite. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The World’s Deadliest Snakes," 30 June 2020 Liverpool clinched its first league title since 1990 on Thursday, ending an agonizing title drought without the players even having to take the field. Rob Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Liverpool secures Premier League title with Chelsea win over Manchester City," 25 June 2020 And when Liverpool missed out on the title last season by a point there were those who wondered whether Klopp and his team could rebound from such agonizing failure. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Changing doubters to believers. How Jurgen Klopp turned Liverpool into title winners," 25 June 2020 The question of how to avoid bringing the virus to family is an agonizing one. Sarah Feldberg,, "Is it safe to fly? Far-flung Bay Area families weigh coronavirus risk," 20 June 2020 Floyd’s shocking, agonizing death, renewed a protest movement that has been growing for years following the police killings of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, and Breonna Taylor, to name only a few. Fox News, "Louisville struggles to reimagine the future of policing," 19 June 2020 It’s about a Cuban fisherman and his relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin. Outdoor Life, "Fishing books that inspire, entertain and educate," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of agonizing

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agonizing

from present participle of agonize

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The first known use of agonizing was in 1570

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11 Jul 2020

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“Agonizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of agonizing

: very mentally or physically painful

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