American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To suffer extreme pain or great anguish.
- v. To make a great effort; struggle.
- v. To cause great pain or anguish to. See Synonyms at afflict.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To struggle; wrestle, as in the arena; hence, to make great effort of any kind.
- To writhe with extreme pain; suffer violent anguish.
- To distress with extreme pain; torture.
- Also spelled agonise.
- v. intransitive To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
- v. intransitive To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
- v. To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.
- v. To cause to suffer agony; to subject to extreme pain; to torture.
- v. cause to agonize
- v. suffer agony or anguish
- From French agoniser, from Late Latin agonizare, from Ancient Greek ἀγωνίζομαι (agonizomai, "to fight, contend"). See agony. (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin agōnizāre, from Greek agōnizesthai, to struggle, from agōn, contest; see agony. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Spirit "agonize" in prayer as the Son did in Gethsemane?”
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“To watch him agonize over some of the tough positions he took was to appreciate the complexity of a man judged harshly and often simplistically.”
“Many Namie residents continue to agonize over the possibility that they may have deserted fellow citizens who were awaiting rescue.”
“They did not agonize over why they were fighting or whether it was worth it.”
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“With three viable candidates, voters will agonize over whether to approve their second choice candidate as well as their first choice, but at least the relevant considerations are within the intellectual grasp of most of America.”
“The opinion, written by Judge Stephen Reinhardt and joined by Senior Judge Procter Hug, added, "The VA's unchecked incompetence has gone on long enough; no more veterans should be compelled to agonize or perish while the government fails to meet its obligations.”
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