Agony is defined as extraordinary, and often long term, physical or emotional pain.(noun)
An example of someone in a state of agony is a recent widow.
The definition of agony refers to exhibiting extreme upset or sadness.(noun)
An example of agony is the defeat of an Olympic athlete.
See agony in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. agonies
Origin: ME agonie < L agonia < Gr agōnia, a contest for victory < agōn, agon
See agony in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. ag·o·nies
Origin: Middle English agonie
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Late Latin agōnia
Origin: , from Greek agōniā
Origin: , from agōn, struggle
Origin: , from agein, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
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