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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of agonise.

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  • adjective expressing pain or agony


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  • Unfortunately, moments before, a couple of girls had decided in agonised tones ( "There's people over there" - "Shell, I have to") that they would have to join us.

    August 25th, 2004

  • John Letford may well have been having "serious problems" within the Labour group for a number of years and he may well have "agonised" over this decision but the man was elected on a Labour ticket and consequently he has a duty to his constituents to serve them under the Labour banner.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Rather than being a speech over which Sir C "agonised", "tossed and turned" etc this was WRITTEN BY HIS PAYMASTERS Turner and Newall who have sent thousands to early graves with their blue and brown poisons ... with Sir Smith's blessing.

    Asbestos Loving Criminals: Rochdale Lib Dems

  • Kasrils said he still "agonised" over his decision to lead a group of ANC marchers through a hole in the stadium fence in a bid to circumvent the security cordon preventing the crowd from entering Bisho.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • She knew that she could do everything twice as fast as Jeremy and Helen, that she was often so impatient of their slow progress at lessons that she would beat her foot on the ground in a kind of agonised impatience.


  • The lips of the Prior were moving in a kind of agonised entreaty, and his eyes rolled round.

    The King's Achievement

  • It looked very peaceful seated in that fold of the hill, no tossing of trees about it, though a little higher up the slim oaks and beeches of the copse were flinging themselves about against the grey sky in a kind of agonised appeal.

    The Marriage of Elinor

  • Evelyn Duenos "agonised" over the decision to sell her virginity to the highest bidder but decided it was the only way to raise money to support her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

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  • Bhubaneswar, Nov 02: Asserting that the Orissa and central governments had "failed miserably" to protect Christians from the violence unleashed by Hindu rightwing groups, five top bishops in the state said they were "agonised" by the belated response for help.

    Zee News : India National

  • Before his mission to Britain, Karski agonised over what action the Allies could and would take to stop the murders in the ghetto and camps – if they believed him.

    Earliest eyewitness account of the Holocaust finally to be published in UK


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