ag·​o·​niz·​ing | \ ˈa-gə-ˌnī-ziŋ How to pronounce agonizing (audio) \

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 Anyone that wants to send out as many care packages as feasible will undoubtedly be agonizing over the shipping costs. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The second was particularly agonizing after the Tigers loaded the bases with one out while down three runs in the eighth. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2021 Some of the ex-President's fans took to Fox News and social media to assault the motives of jurors after the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin, rather than dwell on the horror of George Floyd's agonizing death with a knee on his neck. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 Stretching her arms across a pool table was agonizing. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Last May, after a bystander’s video of Floyd’s agonizing death went viral, the Providence Police Department, the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association, and other local law enforcement agencies condemned Chauvin’s actions., 20 Apr. 2021 But the crisis has been particularly agonizing for some military veterans already suffering from PTSD. NBC news, 6 Mar. 2021 The Bruins have lost three in row, none more agonizing than the one Saturday against the Trojans. Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2021 Harvard, Yale, Princeton); the one-week period when she'd been rejected by all three anyway, and the agonizing wait for the remaining choice not devastating to her parents, MIT. Ew Staff,, 27 Apr. 2021

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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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25 May 2021

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“Agonizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of agonizing

: very mentally or physically painful


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