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v. ag·o·nized, ag·o·niz·ing, ag·o·niz·es
1. To suffer mental anguish or worry about something: agonized over the difficult decision.
2. To suffer extreme pain: The explorers agonized in the hot sun.
To cause great pain or anguish to. See Synonyms at afflict.

[Medieval Latin agōnizāre, from Greek agōnizesthai, to struggle, from agōn, contest; see agony.]

ag′o·niz′ing·ly adv.
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Adv.1.agonizingly - in a very painful manneragonizingly - in a very painful manner; "the progress was agonizingly slow"
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[ˈægənaɪzɪŋlɪ] ADV (= painfully) → dolorosamente
it was agonizingly painfulera atrozmente doloroso
agonizingly closeangustiosamente cerca
agonizingly slowterriblemente or desesperantemente lento


[ˈægənaɪzɪŋli] agonisingly (British) adv
[slow] → terriblement
Progress was agonizingly slow → Les progrès étaient terriblement lents.
[hurt] → atrocement


advqualvoll; agonizingly slowaufreizend langsam


(ˈӕgəni) plural ˈagonies noun
great pain or suffering. The dying man was in agony; agonies of regret.
ˈagonized, ˈagonised adjective
showing agony. He had an agonized expression on his face as he lost the match.
ˈagonizing, ˈagonising adjective
causing agony. an agonizing pain.
agonizingly, agonisingly adverb
References in classic literature ?
There only, in the carriage that had crossed over to the other side of the road, and was rapidly disappearing, there only could he find the solution of the riddle of his life, which had weighed so agonizingly upon him of late.
And all the while, jet after jet of white smoke was agonizingly shot from the spiracle of the whale, and vehement puff after puff from the mouth of the excited headsman; as at every dart, hauling in upon his crooked lance (by the line attached to it), Stubb straightened it again and again, by a few rapid blows against the gunwale, then again and again sent it into the whale.
That affair was the same thing as this soldier with the harsh voice, and it was that affair and this soldier that were so agonizingly, incessantly pulling and pressing his arm and always dragging it in one direction.
When dressed, the three girls went up to show themselves to the elders, who were in grandma's room, where Tom was being helped into an agonizingly stiff collar.