from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an agonizing manner; with extreme anguish. Also spelled agonisingly.

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

  • adverb With extreme anguish or desperate struggles.

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

  • adverb In an agonizing manner; in a way that causes agony.

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

  • adverb in a very painful manner


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agonizing +‎ -ly


  • Imprisoned in a bamboo cage perched perilously, and agonizingly, in water, he forced himself to remain constantly awake to keep death at bay.

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  • The battles along the Somme were not one repetitive fiasco after another, but rather represented a very steep and painful learning curve, up which the British army agonizingly inched, to eventually acquire the skills and sinews that wore down Prussian militarism.

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  • The lack of access in parts of Sullivan County towns like Bethel and Neversink and Ulster towns like Marbletown and Kerhonkson — areas less than 2 hours from New York City — costs residents lucrative jobs and priceless time, thanks to agonizingly slow, inefficient and unreliable dial-up and satellite connections …

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  • Pins take agonizingly forever if you need clothes!

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  • Trust that the defense would rebound from two agonizingly long first half scoring plays.

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  • They become the basis for often agonizingly revealing scenes re-creating real-life encounters.

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  • After agonizingly long waits, he twice got close to purchasing a pair of tickets, and both times was "booted off," once after he already had entered his credit card information, he said.

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  • BARTELLA, Iraq—The plight of Iraqi Christians since the fall of Saddam Hussein has been agonizingly personal for Aram Butrus Matti.

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  • You're getting four bars and yet broadband is agonizingly slow because too many users are trying to jam bits through at the same time.

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  • He left little doubt his immediate goal is to goose the pace of the agonizingly slow economic recovery.

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