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adjective as in difficult and painful, suffering

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Unlike the movies, where the protagonist always has a witty comeback to make a fool out of a bigot or a bully, I had countless agonizing memories of times I wished I would have said or handled things differently.

It took the two men 45 agonizing minutes to uncover her face, which was blue and unresponsive.

It has forced waiters and bartenders to revert to their agonizing role as public-health enforcers.

The chronicles that detail what happened before that date were the result of an agonizing memory exercise like this one.

So, of course stretch however it benefits you, but remember that if you are experiencing agonizing pain, it’s far more likely to be doing harm than it is to be doing good.

He makes his way, step by agonizing step, his face red and wheezing, his eyes straight ahead.

And we all know how long Rick has spent agonizing over how much of his old self to give up in order to stay alive.

What followed was an agonizing spectacle that ended when Lockett died at 7.06 p.m.—43 minutes after the drugs began to flow.

It catalogues a massive but doomed police investigation through its agonizing near-misses and mistaken hunches.

He was too busy riding shotgun on stagecoaches through the Sierras to sit at a desk agonizing over adverbs.

It was not until all the boxes and parcels must have arrived in the Condamine, that an agonizing thought struck Hugh.

Between agonizing moments, she chatted a little, and said it took her mind off her sufferings.

Isabel's brain seemed to eliminate every thought it had ever possessed and hurriedly to remodel down to one agonizing point.

He turned and suddenly broke into agonizing sobs and then ran down the steps.

He himself was insupportably aware of her, as she sat, doomed and agonizing, in her chair at the head of Brodrick's table.


On this page you'll find 40 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to agonizing, such as: excruciating, harrowing, intense, tortuous, disturbing, and heart-wrenching.

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