agonizing

adjective

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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For many women in public service who are on furlough and now looking at not getting that vital paycheck, the uncertainty can be agonizing. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "These Women Are Still Waiting for Their Paycheck Because of the Government Shutdown," 11 Jan. 2019 Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait to find out what happen to her aunt, Aggie Vicari. Fox News, "Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble," 19 Oct. 2018 Their parents—my grandparents—had to make the agonizing choice to send their children away, alone, to the U.S. to save their lives. Caryl Stern, Marie Claire, "I Witnessed the Horrors Immigrant Children Experience at the Border," 25 July 2018 The idea of eternal agonizing punishment is never treated psychologically realistically, which is to say, as something brutal and horrific and genuinely, soul-wrenchingly terrifying. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The (secular) gospel according to The Good Place," 5 Dec. 2018 Once again, GreyCloud had been eliminated—until Blake Shelton stepped in after a few agonizing moments, hitting his buzzer to steal her for his team. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "How 'The Voice' Contestant Natasia GreyCloud Narrowly Escaped Elimination—Twice," 31 Oct. 2018 The idea of eternal agonizing punishment is never treated psychologically realistically, which is to say, as something brutal and horrific and genuinely, soul-wrenchingly terrifying. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The (secular) gospel according to The Good Place," 5 Dec. 2018 SCOTT Toller’s relationship with young environmentalists leads him to an agonizing question: Can God forgive us? New York Times, "‘First Reformed’ Asks, Can God Forgive Us? Its Director Has an Answer," 20 June 2018 Then came an agonizing six minutes when the Falcon’s upper stage engine, named Kestrel, would have to burn, necessary to show potential customers the rocket could put their satellites into a proper orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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agonizing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of agonizing

: very mentally or physically painful

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