agony

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἀγωνία (agōnía, emulation, competition, struggle), from ἀγών (agṓn, contest).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæ.ɡə.niː/

Noun[edit]

agony (countable and uncountable, plural agonies)

  1. Violent contest or striving.
    • 1849, Thomas Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James II, Chapter 10
      The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations.
  2. Extreme pain
  3. (biblical) The sufferings of Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.
  4. Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.
    With cries and agonies of wild delight. (Can we date this quote by Alexander Pope?)
  5. The last struggle of life; death struggle.

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