Definition of agonized in US English:


(British agonised)


  • Manifesting, suffering, or characterized by great physical or mental pain.

    ‘she gave an agonized cry’
    ‘months of agonized discussion’
    • ‘There is no doubt that this full exposure to experience incorporates involvement with pain, suffering, hardship, distress and agonised emotions.’
    • ‘Or are all men's lives like the lives of us good people… broken, tumultuous, agonised and unromantic lives, periods punctuated by screams, by imbecilities, by death, by agonies?’
    • ‘In all this agonized talk about what we are, we were beginning to forget what you are.’
    • ‘The last time we see him, he has turned his back on his remaining parent and is walking away by himself, a small, agonized figure dwarfed by the huge, impersonal lobby of the school.’
    • ‘I looked up at him and saw the agonized pain in his expression.’
    • ‘When the media focus our attention on the aftermath of disasters, it is easy to empty our wallets for the agonized sufferers.’
    • ‘Counting begins at 9am in 39 constituencies and the agonised waiting also starts for some 400 candidates vying for a total of 153 seats.’
    • ‘Still, there are sharply etched performances from Duncan Bell as the agonised Christopher, Hugh Ross as his hedonistic brother and Juliet Cadzow as a maternal nightclub hostess.’
    • ‘In addition, as she noticed these things, an agonized cry rose up from the hut, in a voice she knew all too well.’
    • ‘Once again this weekend, with a predictability that might be noteworthy were it not so dreadful, the country is busily tearing itself apart as the rest of the world looks on in agonised bemusement.’
    • ‘Yes, half the night was spent in agonised discussion of such minor stupidities, when all that was necessary was to call the whole thing off!’
    • ‘Joe's agonised cries reached up to the tree tops.’
    • ‘Dozens of agonized male faces are packed together like grapes in a wine press, veins bulging from their temples.’
    • ‘What should be a simple question of wildlife management becomes an agonised playing off of the rights of birds against hedgehogs, and comparisons of different methods of hedgehog death.’
    • ‘From this realization, Ken let out an agonized cry of pain as tears began flowing down harder than before.’
    • ‘Key figures - a woman with outstretched arms, a bull, an agonized horse - are refined in sketch after sketch, then transferred to the capacious canvas, which he also reworks several times.’
    • ‘But a surge in thefts of treasured relics from ancient temples and monuments has reached such a level that an agonised debate has begun over bringing back the death penalty.’
    • ‘Since I don't write very quickly, this tendency makes most any review I write take agonized hours.’
    • ‘For a few agonized seconds, I wonder: was it there before?’
    • ‘At the exact moment those words had left his lips, an agonized cry echoed down from the bell tower.’