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Definition of the verb agonize

What does agonize mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: agonized | agonizing | agonizes

  1. cause to agonize
  2. suffer agony or anguish
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • alternative spelling: agonise
    • more generic word: suffer = experience (emotional) pain

Alternative definition of the verb agonize


  1. [intransitive] To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
  2. [intransitive] To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.

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Google previewPhilosophical Hermeneutics and Biblical Exegesis (2002)

by Petr Pokorný, Jan Roskovec

To agonize means in English (in etymological continuity with dywv in Old Greek) not only to suffer, but also to struggle: "Revisionism, as Nietzsche said of every spirit, unfolds itself only in fighting. The spirit portrays itself as agonistic, ...

Google previewMongolian-English Dictionary (2013)

by Ferdinand D Lessing

To grow horns; to feel a sudden sharp pain, suddenly become violently ill; to suffer, agonize. E)'t“i1'~§j w“ EBERLIG / SBSPJISI' ' adj. and n. Horny, corneous; unicorn, a fabulous 3“ animal with one horn. BERMEL ...

Google previewDesigning a Computerized Lexicon for Linguistic Purposes (1985)

by Erik Akkerman, Pieter Masereeuw, Willem Meijs

"agonize, -ise", or "ablative .. adj,n". (4) Distribution of information: Given two or more headwords or derived headwords in an abbreviated form, like "-tur(al)lst . . n" or "agonize, -lse .. v" , -39- Transforming information.

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions (1891)

Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology by Richard Soule

Torture, distress, agonize, rack, excruciate, pain extremely, put to the rack, put to torture, harass with anguish. 2. Pain, distress, afflict. 3. Tease, vex, plague, harass, worry, harry, badger, fret, irritate, nettle, provoke, tantalize, trouble, annoy.

Google previewAdvanced Learners' Dictionary (1998)

by Martin H. Manser, Turton, Nigel D. Turton

n extreme mental or physical pain, agonize vb suffer great anxiety; worry intensely: agonize over a decision, agonizingly adv < ultimately Greek agon contest. agoraphobia (.xgra'faobia) n an abnormal fear of open spaces. < Greek agora ...

Google previewHeinemann English Dictionary (2001)

by Martin Manser

Word Family agonize, agonise verb to suffer agony or intense worry: Do not agonize over your mistake; agonizing adjective; agonizingly adverb [Greek agonia a struggle, anguish] agora (agg-a-ra) noun an open marketplace or place of ...

Google previewDictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (1998)

by Martin Manser

distress, torture, agonize, annoy, irritate, vex torrent n. flood, deluge, inundation torture v. abuse, torment, agonize, distress torture n. pain, misery, agony, anguish toss v. throw, hurl, cast, fling, pitch, chuck (informal) total n.

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Dictionary (1906)

by William Dwight Whitney

see agonize. Cf. antagonist, protagonist.'] 1. One who contends for the Agnus Del . [From the Campanile of Giotto, Florence.) in- specifically, such a representation with the nimbus fcrihed with the cross about its head, and supporting the of the ...

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It's better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late. (Marilyn Moats Kennedy)
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Scrabble value of A1G2O1N1I1Z10E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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