Definition of agonizing in US English:

agonizing

(British agonising)

adjective

  • Causing great physical or mental pain.

    ‘an agonizing death’
    ‘there is an agonizing choice to make’
    • ‘It relieved all my body's stress, even though the next day I would be in agonising pain.’
    • ‘By midday the pains had gone from sharp twinges every 5 minutes or so to a constant, agonising pain.’
    • ‘Once more I woke up to an agonizing pain in my torso.’
    • ‘Sitting up abruptly she yelped as the agonizing pain tripled in intensity.’
    • ‘It's sort of a general ache instead of agonising pain.’
    • ‘So agonizing was the pain that I fell to my knees.’
    • ‘Be it aching, burning, gnawing, stabbing, twisting, throbbing or agonizing pain.’
    • ‘But the pain that night was nothing compared to the agonizing pain of death I was feeling now.’
    • ‘I groaned between the torrents of agonizing pain.’
    • ‘The trolley was pulled from beneath me and an agonising pain shot through my body.’
    • ‘But he has been left in agonising pain with serious injuries to his back, head and legs.’
    • ‘Apparently, if I'm not in agonizing pain, he doesn't want to hear about it.’
    • ‘She fights off agonising back pain, sustained in a work injury two years ago, to keep the show on the road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Having the most intense throbbing agonising pain in my head’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Surely the agonizing pain I experience when I hit my elbow has much more to do with craziness than amusement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Regaining my determination, I grit my teeth and ignore the agonising, torturous pain in my wrist which was quickly spreading through my body.’
    • ‘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.’
    excruciating, harrowing, racking, painful, acute, severe, intense, extreme, grievous, hellish, killing, searing, torturous, tormenting, piercing
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Pronunciation

agonizing

/ˈaɡəˌnīziNG//ˈæɡəˌnaɪzɪŋ/