Parents stood up to agonize about their responsibility, as cosigners, for the loans of their now unemployed offspring.
The key is how much we can brood, and what is meant by brooding—is it to daydream, or is it to agonize over every detail?
The revenge factor would have been an added bonus, but really, what I wanted was for people to agonize over why I'd done it.
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.