agonize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v agonize suffer agony or anguish
    • v agonize cause to agonize
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Agonize To cause to suffer agony; to subject to extreme pain; to torture. "He agonized his mother by his behavior."
    • Agonize To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.
    • Agonize To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish. "To smart and agonize at every pore."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • agonize To struggle; wrestle, as in the arena; hence, to make great effort of any kind.
    • agonize To writhe with extreme pain; suffer violent anguish.
    • agonize To distress with extreme pain; torture.
    • agonize Also spelled agonise.
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Quotations

  • Marilyn Moats Kennedy
    Marilyn Moats Kennedy
    “It is better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.”
  • Agnes De Mille
    Agnes De Mille
    “Theater people are always pining and agonizing because they're afraid that they'll be forgotten. And in America they're quite right. They will be.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.”
  • Florynce R. Kennedy
    Florynce R. Kennedy
    “Don't agonize. Organize.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. agoniser, LL. agonizare, fr. Gr. . See Agony

Usage

In literature:

With an agonized cry, she clutches his shoulders and drags herself to her feet as he rises with her.
"The Devil's Disciple" by George Bernard Shaw
Joan darted an agonized look at Martin.
"Who Cares?" by Cosmo Hamilton
What an agonizing, heart-rending, utterly unnecessary experience I had endured, now that I thought of it!
"The Firefly Of France" by Marion Polk Angellotti
He seemed not to hear the agonized appeal in her voice.
"Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete" by Winston Churchill
She died 'bout a year agone.
"The Chronicles of Clovis" by Saki
His brain was dazed and still surging with the terrible thoughts which had agonized him the night before.
"The Judgment House" by Gilbert Parker
This explains those sudden agonized notes which grate through the woods at late, unseasonable hours, when the cymbals have long been silent.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
An Old Hebrew warns against the temptress and Samson agonizingly invokes a veil over the beauty that has enchained him.
"A Second Book of Operas" by Henry Edward Krehbiel
Well, he and I cottoned together, and found out that we had been prisoners together five-and-twenty years agone.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
Lomax's too long suppressed mirth explodes in agonized neighings.
"Major Barbara" by George Bernard Shaw
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In poetry:

Worth how well, those dark grey eyes,
That hair so dark and dear, how worth
That a man should strive and agonize,
And taste a veriest hell on earth
For the hope of such a prize!
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Till he overtook Nye
And went through him. Words fail
For what follers! Kin I
Paint our agonized wail
Ez he drew from Nye's pocket that twenty wot we sworn was in his own
coat-tail!
"The Thought-Reader Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte
I wandered out a while agone,
And went I know not whither;
But there do beauties many a one
Resort and meet together,
And Cupid's power will there be shown
If ever you come thither.
"Sonnet 5 - I wandered out a while agone," by George Wither
Five nights agone I lay at rest
On my suburban couch.
My trousers on the bedpost hung,
Red gold within their pouch.
The twin-gods Law and Order seemed
To me all powerful as I dreamed.
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis
Oh! the horror of that agonizing thrill!
(I can feel the place in frosty weather still).
For a week from ten to four
I was fastened to the floor,
While a mercenary wopped me with a will
"The Story of Prince Agib" by William Schwenck Gilbert
When agonized is human breath,
And there's of living not a chance,
Could it not be that gentle death
Might mean divine deliverance?
Might it not seep into our skulls
To be as merciful as gulls?
"Euthansia" by Robert W Service

In news:

The Agonizing Toll of Sexual Addiction.
Travelers in a Giving Mood, But Agonizing on the Way.
Prayer, fellowship pull many through agonizing anniversary.
It Can Also Be Agonizing .
Mickelson, Bradley fall agonizingly short at Riviera.
It is wrung from an agonized conscience and a sickened heart.
Anybody who's ever boarded an airplane knows that there is something terribly inefficient about the slow, agonizing process.
Horn & Hardart, which owned the famous automat chain, had agonized over a coffee price increase for several years.
INTERVIEWS Baroness Explain Bus Crash in Agonizing, Gory Detail.
With college-application deadlines looming, high schoolers across the land are frenetically preparing for one more shot at the SAT, agonizing over personal essays, or wrestling with financial aid forms.
On the hunt for an authentic (but not agonizing) Turkish-bath experience in the crossroads city.
On the hunt for an authentic (but not too agonizing) Turkish-bath experience in the crossroads city.
But as usual, many of the details proved agonizing.
An agonizing lesson in saying goodbye.
When Jian Ling Lin first laid eyes on her 10-year-old son, Toby, after spending an agonizing four months in immigration jail, the painful reality of their time apart quickly set in.
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In science:

Hence, the correction to the dimm (0), due to the loss of agonal matrix elements, ∆H lgsc ground-state correlation shifts the N 2p bands downward by about 1.05 eV; see Table I.
Correlation-induced corrections to the band structure of boron nitride: a wave-function-based approach
This could explain the agonizingly slow march since the 1960’s towards demonstrating a robust mechanism of explosion.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Consider a 3-face triangulation; recall this is a triangulation of the dual 3-cells of the triangulation Φ, and a 3-face is the dual to an edge e∗ . A n-agonal face of e∗ is divided into (n − 2) triangles.
Structures and Diagrammatics of Four Dimensional Topological Lattice Field Theories
The graph Xn in the n-agonal face is replaced with the dual to the triangulation.
Structures and Diagrammatics of Four Dimensional Topological Lattice Field Theories
The authors of the papers in agonized over the discrepancy between the unification scale and the scale of SUSY breaking.
M Theory and Cosmology
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