Being in an agony he prayed more earnestly. —Luke xxii. 44.
An example of someone in a state of agony is a recent widow.
An agony of joy.
The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. —Thomas Babington Macaulay.
With cries and agonies of wild delight. —Alexander Pope.
An example of agony is the defeat of an Olympic athlete.
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”).