Othello must not agonise for a cloak, but ‘the little orphan Alice Fell’ has nothing else to agonise for.
If we agonise that we and our descendants may rise, life is worth living.
His exhortation and command rather is, “Strive”—“knock”—agonise to “enter in!”
No one can make me believe that it is to be ascribed to this scandalous Government, under which we agonise.
1580s, "to torture," from Middle French agoniser or directly from Medieval Latin agonizare, from Greek agonizesthai "to contend in the struggle" (see agony). Intransitive sense of "to suffer physical pain" is recorded from 1660s. That of "to worry intensely" is from 1853. Related: Agonized; agonizing.