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agonized

[ag-uh-nahyzd] /ˈæg əˌnaɪzd/
adjective
1.
involving or accompanied by agony or severe struggle:
an agonized effort.
Origin of agonized
1575-1585
1575-85; agonize + -ed2
Related forms
agonizedly
[ag-uh-nahy-zid-lee] /ˈæg əˌnaɪ zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb

agonize

or (especially British) agonise

[ag-uh-nahyz] /ˈæg əˌnaɪz/
verb (used without object), agonized, agonizing.
1.
to suffer extreme pain or anguish; be in agony.
2.
to put forth great effort of any kind.
verb (used with object), agonized, agonizing.
3.
to distress with extreme pain; torture.
Origin
1575-85; < Medieval Latin agōnizāre < Greek agōnízesthai to struggle (for a prize), equivalent to agōn- agon + -izesthai -ize
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  • With agonized prescience the sailor knew that he was yielding.

  • No leisure is here, only quivering, intense, agonized anxiety.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • 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!"

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Nearly eighteen hours had elapsed, since she had stolen, half-fainting, from the sight of Richard's white and agonized face.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • Dick lifted his agonized face and stared into Elsa's tear wet eyes.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Never had she heard a human voice so persuasive, and yet so agonized in its intensity.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
British Dictionary definitions for agonized

agonize

/ˈæɡəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
to suffer or cause to suffer agony
2.
(intransitive) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
Derived Forms
agonizingly, agonisingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek agōnizesthai to contend for a prize, from agōnagon
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Word Origin and History for agonized

agonize

v.

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.

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