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.
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.