meaning of agonize

agonize meaning in General Dictionary

resulting in to endure agony to at the mercy of severe discomfort to torture

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  • To writhe with agony to suffer violent anguish
  • endure agony or anguish
  • cause to agonize
  • To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
  • To struggle; to wrestle; to aim desperately.
  • resulting in to suffer agony; to at the mercy of extreme discomfort; to torture.

agonize meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1580s, "to torture," from Middle French agoniser or directly from Medieval Latin agonizare, from Greek agonizesthai "contend in the struggle" (see agony). Intransitive sense of "suffer real discomfort" is taped from 1660s; compared to "to worry intensely" is from 1853. Relevant: Agonized; excruciating.


agonize meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.

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  • (v. i.) To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.
  • (v. t.) To cause to suffer agony; to at the mercy of severe pain; to torture.