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agonized

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

agonize

[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.
Also, especially British, agonise.
Origin
1575-85; < Medieval Latin agōnizāre < Greek agōnízesthai to struggle (for a prize), equivalent to agōn- agon + -izesthai -ize
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Examples from the web for agonized
  • Where the former film is agonized and sullen, the latter is mischievous and restive, daring us to be dismayed by its insolence.
  • He agonized endlessly, publicly lamenting having become emotionally involved in case after case.
  • She became depressed and agonized about how to go on with photography.
  • The general agonized over what to do, knowing that so many lives were at stake.
  • Long before psychiatry and psychology were born, people agonized over what to do without-of-control children.
  • He agonized over many things for years-and often made decisions that had unfortunate outcomes.
  • With blanched cheeks and agonized eyes and dauntless resolution, she insisted on accompanying the seekers.
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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