Agony meaning

ăgə-nē
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Pain so extreme as to cause writhing or contortions of the body, similar to those made in the athletic contests in Greece; and hence, extreme pain of mind or body; anguish; paroxysm of grief; specifically, the sufferings of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.

Being in an agony he prayed more earnestly. —Luke xxii. 44.

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A violent, intense struggle, especially the struggle that precedes death.
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A sudden or intense emotion.
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Very great mental or physical pain.
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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.

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Death pangs.
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A convulsive struggle.
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A sudden, strong outburst (of emotion)

An agony of joy.

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Violent contest or striving.

The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. —Thomas Babington Macaulay.

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Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.

With cries and agonies of wild delight. —Alexander Pope.

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The last struggle of life; death struggle.
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The definition of agony refers to exhibiting extreme upset or sadness.

An example of agony is the defeat of an Olympic athlete.

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Origin of agony

  • Middle English agonie from Old French from Late Latin agōnia from Greek agōniā from agōn struggle from agein to drive ag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀγωνία (agonia, “emulation, competition, struggle”), from ἀγών (agon, “contest”).

    From Wiktionary