agonizing

[ag-uh-nahy-zing]
adjective
accompanied by, filled with, or resulting in agony or distress: We spent an agonizing hour waiting to hear if the accident had been serious or not.

Origin:
1660–70; agonize + -ing2

agonizingly, adverb
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agonize

[ag-uh-nahyz]
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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agonize or agonise (ˈæɡəˌnaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to suffer or cause to suffer agony
2.  (intr) to make a desperate effort; struggle; strive
 
[C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek agōnizesthai to contend for a prize, from agōnagon]
 
agonise or agonise
 
vb
 
[C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek agōnizesthai to contend for a prize, from agōnagon]
 
'agonizingly or agonise
 
adv
 
'agonisingly or agonise
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

agonize
1580s, "to torture," from M.L. agonizare, from Gk. agonizesthai "to contend in the struggle" (see agony). Intrans. sense of "to suffer physical pain" is recorded from 1660s. That of "to worry intensely" is from 1853.
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Example sentences
Strychnine, slow agonizing deaths from traps, human beings certainly are a
  credit to the planet.
Our leaders are now working that conundrum backwards at a pace so slow it's
  agonizing.
The songs are sung by students to the accompaniment of a somewhat agonizing
  band-Times.
Respectful thousands hear an agonizing silence, punctuated with little heaving
  gulps.
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