agonizing


agonizing
[[t]æ̱gənaɪzɪŋ[/t]]
(in BRIT, also use agonising)
1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is agonizing causes you to feel great physical or mental pain.

He did not wish to die the agonizing death of his mother and brother...

In the heat of Rome, the wait was agonizing.

Derived words:
agonizingly ADV

Progress was agonizingly slow.

2) ADJ-GRADED Agonizing decisions and choices are very difficult to make.

He now faced an agonizing decision about his immediate future.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • agonizing — adj. causing agony. Opposite to {painless}. Syn: excruciating, harrowing, torturing, torturous, torturesome. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • agonizing — index cruel, insufferable, painful, severe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • agonizing — (Amer.) ag·o·niz·ing || ægÉ™naɪzɪŋ adj. causing agony, tormenting; very painful; causing difficulty (also agonising) agonize (Amer.) ag·o·nize || ægÉ™naɪz v. suffer agony, suffer, be in torment, cause to agonize (also agonise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • agonizing — *excruciating, racking Analogous words: torturing, tormenting, racking (see AFFLICT): *intense, vehement, fierce, exquisite, violent Contrasted words: *comfortable, easy, restful: comforting, solacing, i consoling (see COMFORT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • agonizing — [adj] difficult and painful, suffering disturbing, excruciating, extreme, fierce, harrowing, intense, racking, struggling, tearing, tormenting, tortuous, torturing, vehement, violent; concepts 403,565 …   New thesaurus

  • agonizing — ag|o|niz|ing [ ægə,naızıŋ ] adjective usually before noun 1. ) an agonizing event or period of time is very upsetting and seems to happen very slowly because something bad is happening: For 32 agonizing seconds the plane dived and shook. a ) an… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • agonizing — UK [ˈæɡənaɪzɪŋ] / US [ˈæɡəˌnaɪzɪŋ] adjective [usually before noun] 1) a) an agonizing event or period of time is very upsetting and seems to happen very slowly because something bad is happening For 32 agonizing seconds the plane dived and shook …   English dictionary

  • agonizing — ag|o|niz|ing also agonising BrE [ˈægənaızıŋ] adj 1.) extremely painful ▪ The pain was agonizing. 2.) very unpleasant to experience, especially because of involving a difficult choice or a long wait ▪ an agonizing decision >agonizingly adv ▪ at …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Agonizing — Agonize Ag o*nize, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Agonized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Agonizing}.] [F. agoniser, LL. agonizare, fr. Gr. ?. See {Agony}.] 1. To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish. [1913 Webster] To smart and agonize at every pore. Pope.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • agonizing — adjective Date: 1593 causing agony ; painful < an agonizing experience > • agonizingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary