As President Barack Obama plays an agonized Hamlet over Afghanistan, the ice is cracking beneath his feet on Capitol Hill.
Announcement videos are agonized over internally, so a bit of close-reading can be revealing.
Most important, he was a mother figure—he cared for them, reassured them, agonized on them, nagged them, even wept for them.
With agonized prescience the sailor knew that he was yielding.
No leisure is here, only quivering, intense, agonized anxiety.
Suddenly, Jack's voice ceased abruptly, to be succeeded a moment later by his agonized cry for "Help."
Mr. Jim Fletcher, whose place was next him, uttered an agonized "Ow!"
Nearly eighteen hours had elapsed, since she had stolen, half-fainting, from the sight of Richard's white and agonized face.
Dick lifted his agonized face and stared into Elsa's tear wet eyes.
Never had she heard a human voice so persuasive, and yet so agonized in its intensity.
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.