Definition of agonizing
: causing agony
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 of agonizing from the Web
Trevor’s fighter plane delivers the agonizing realities of the first World War.
But writing legislation that can pass with only Republican votes has proven agonizing.
Mr. Biden declined to seek the Democratic nomination in 2016 after an agonizing, monthslong deliberation in the aftermath of his eldest son’s death.
In 2002, a solemn, wordless ceremony marked the end of the agonizing cleanup at ground zero in New York, 8½ months after 9/11.
Senior goalkeeper Abbey Brown and her Huntley teammates made possibly the most agonizing type of exit.
Birchett does her best acting through singing, and her agonizing, soaring rendition is a tornado of rage, hurt and neediness.
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First Known Use of agonizing
AGONIZING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of agonizing for English Language Learners
: very mentally or physically painful
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