from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To suffer extreme pain or great anguish.
- intransitive v. To make a great effort; struggle.
- transitive v. To cause great pain or anguish to. See Synonyms at afflict.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
- v. To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
- intransitive v. To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.
- transitive v. To cause to suffer agony; to subject to extreme pain; to torture.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to agonize
- v. suffer agony or anguish
Medieval Latin agōnizāre, from Greek agōnizesthai, to struggle, from agōn, contest; see agony.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French agoniser, from Late Latin agonizare, from Ancient Greek ἀγωνίζομαι (agonizomai, "to fight, contend"). See agony. (Wiktionary)