Most important, he was a mother figure—he cared for them, reassured them, agonized on them, nagged them, even wept for them.
Announcement videos are agonized over internally, so a bit of close-reading can be revealing.
As President Barack Obama plays an agonized Hamlet over Afghanistan, the ice is cracking beneath his feet on Capitol Hill.
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.