To agonize is to feel a lot of pain or suffering. When you agonize over a decision, you spend a lot of time thinking about it and trying to come up with a solution.

  • The patient was agonizing over the decision to have the surgery or not.

  • The athlete was agonizing over the decision to compete or not.

Definition of agonizing


extremely painful


agonising, excruciating, harrowing, torturesome, torturing, torturous

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Example Sentences for agonizing

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    For Jennings, the situation was agonizing.

  • 2

    The King was in an agonizing fix.

  • 3

    The disillusionment and disenchantment are agonizing.

  • 4

    The agonizing pangs seized me.

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    The place was filled with agonizing men.

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    Love and hatred make people agonize.

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    For baby boomers, the setback is especially agonizing.

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    The agonizing question of possibility does not arise.

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    The incident made the people agonize toward it.

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    They did not agonize toward the problematic situation.