from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To suffer mental anguish or worry about something.
  • intransitive verb To suffer extreme pain.
  • intransitive verb To cause great pain or anguish to. synonym: afflict.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cause to suffer agony; to subject to extreme pain; to torture.
  • intransitive verb To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
  • intransitive verb To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
  • verb intransitive To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cause to agonize
  • verb suffer agony or anguish


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Medieval Latin agōnizāre, from Greek agōnizesthai, to struggle, from agōn, contest; see agony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French agoniser, from Late Latin agonizare, from Ancient Greek ἀγωνίζομαι (agonizomai, "to fight, contend"). See agony.


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