And so a writer of books in 2012 faces an agonizing choice: join the pioneers — or adhere to the tried and true?
Here's Kanye West's agonizing apology to Taylor Swift, as given to Jay Leno on the premiere episode of The Jay Leno Show.
It catalogues a massive but doomed police investigation through its agonizing near-misses and mistaken hunches.
Every parent, including me, has been agonizing over how our schools can be made safer.
And with the agonizing slow rise in retail sales, it's unlikely to change anytime soon.
He could not—when it came to the agonizing point—he could not face Nicky.
But where was the mother during these fearful and agonizing moments!
But to go into details—to relate the minutiae—is too agonizing!
Nan, agonizing in her suspense, cried out she must join him and go with him if he went.
She loves Russia,—our poor Russia, agonizing in the throes of a new birth; while we—we love her, the woman.
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.