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Etymology [ edit ]
French , from agoniser Late Latin , from agonizare Ancient Greek ἀγωνίζομαι ( agōnízomai, “ to fight, contend ” ). See .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
agonize ( third-person singular simple present , agonizes present participle , agonizing simple past and past participle )
( intransitive ) To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
( intransitive ) To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately, whether mentally or physically.
1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet, chapter 3:
So I took a last stare round, agonizing to see if there was any way of escape; but the stone walls and roof were solid enough to crush me, and the stack of casks too closely packed to hide more than a rat.
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Translations [ edit ]
to writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
Chinese: 痛苦 挣扎 (tòngkǔ zhēngzhá)