- The definition of agony refers to exhibiting extreme upset or sadness.
An example of agony is the defeat of an Olympic athlete.
- Agony is defined as extraordinary, and often long term, physical or emotional pain.
An example of someone in a state of agony is a recent widow.
This grieving woman is in agony.
agony definition by Webster's New World
- very great mental or physical pain
- death pangs
- a convulsive struggle
- a sudden, strong outburst (of emotion): an agony of joy
Origin: Middle English agonie ; from Classical Latin agonia ; from Classical Greek agōnia, a contest for victory ; from agōn, agon
agony definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ag·o·nies
- The suffering of intense physical or mental pain.
- The struggle that precedes death.
- A sudden or intense emotion: an agony of doubt.
- A violent, intense struggle.
Origin: Middle English agonie, from Old French, from Late Latin agōnia, from Greek agōniā, from agōn, struggle, from agein, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.