From French agoniser, from Late Latin agonizare, from Ancient Greek ἀγωνίζομαι (agōnízomai, “to fight, contend”). See agony.
agonize (third-person singular simple present agonizes, present participle agonizing, simple past and past participle agonized)
- (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.
to writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
- Chinese: 痛苦挣扎 (tòngkǔ zhēngzhá)