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

Definition of agonizing

: causing agony

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.
Recent Examples on the Web At the hospital, Tello recalls the agonizing wait for news. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 11 June 2022 The 911 calls disclosed Friday shed light on the agonizing wait for help inside two adjoining classrooms during that time: Rooms 111 and 112. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 Like many other screens, NIPT often subjects patients to an agonizing wait until further diagnostic testing sorts the true versus false positives. Daniel Navon, Scientific American, 5 May 2022 For some, what occurred was deeply personal, bringing back a flood of memories and emotions revolving around a private, agonizing decision to terminate a pregnancy. Jessica Rodriguez, Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2022 After seeking counsel from our medical team and our friends and family, my husband and I made the agonizing decision to end the pregnancy. SELF, 2 June 2022 The couple made the agonizing decision to end the much-wanted pregnancy but said SB 321 would have barred them from doing so in Kentucky. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 10 Mar. 2022 This was an agonizing decision that went against my upbringing. John A. List, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 As Greg mulls this agonizing decision, situations arise, through his own fault, that threaten their friendship’s already precarious balance. Courtney Howard, Variety, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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17 Aug 2022

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“Agonizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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