Definition of agonizing in English:


(also agonising)


  • Causing great physical or mental pain:

    ‘an agonizing death’
    ‘there is an agonizing choice to make’
    • ‘Once more I woke up to an agonizing pain in my torso.’
    • ‘Be it aching, burning, gnawing, stabbing, twisting, throbbing or agonizing pain.’
    • ‘It relieved all my body's stress, even though the next day I would be in agonising pain.’
    • ‘Apparently, if I'm not in agonizing pain, he doesn't want to hear about it.’
    • ‘After almost a minute of this strange outburst, he came to his senses and slowly pulled himself into a sitting position, wincing in pain with every agonizing inch.’
    • ‘So agonizing was the pain that I fell to my knees.’
    • ‘He closed his eyes, then suddenly felt an intensely agonising stabbing pain in the side of his head, but it was quickly gone, and he knew no more.’
    • ‘I groaned between the torrents of agonizing pain.’
    • ‘Sitting up abruptly she yelped as the agonizing pain tripled in intensity.’
    • ‘The trolley was pulled from beneath me and an agonising pain shot through my body.’
    • ‘By midday the pains had gone from sharp twinges every 5 minutes or so to a constant, agonising pain.’
    • ‘Surely the agonizing pain I experience when I hit my elbow has much more to do with craziness than amusement.’
    • ‘But the pain that night was nothing compared to the agonizing pain of death I was feeling now.’
    • ‘But he has been left in agonising pain with serious injuries to his back, head and legs.’
    • ‘Regaining my determination, I grit my teeth and ignore the agonising, torturous pain in my wrist which was quickly spreading through my body.’
    • ‘She fights off agonising back pain, sustained in a work injury two years ago, to keep the show on the road.’
    • ‘The brave bride had amazed guests when she made it to her wedding ceremony on time despite being rushed into hospital with agonising stomach pains the night before.’
    • ‘Having the most intense throbbing agonising pain in my head’
    • ‘It's sort of a general ache instead of agonising pain.’
    • ‘The agonizing pain of surgical procedures, whether to deal with a major wound, a fractured bone, an amputation, or removal of a tumour, was a major obstacle to the development of surgery.’
    excruciating, harrowing, racking, painful, acute, severe, intense, extreme, grievous, hellish, killing, searing, torturous, tormenting, piercing
    insufferable, unbearable, unendurable, more than one can bear, more than flesh and blood can stand
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