agony

agony
noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English agonie, from Late Latin agonia, from Greek agōnia struggle, anguish, from agōn gathering, contest for a prize, from agein to lead, celebrate — more at agent Date: 14th century 1. a. intense pain of mind or body ; anguish, torture b. the struggle that precedes death 2. a violent struggle or contest 3. a strong sudden display (as of joy or delight) ; outburst Synonyms: see distress

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  • Agony — Ag o*ny, n.; pl. {Agonies}. [L. agonia, Gr. ?, orig. a contest, fr. ?: cf. F. agonie. See {Agon}.] 1. Violent contest or striving. [1913 Webster] The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Pain so extreme… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • agony — (n.) late 14c., mental suffering (especially that of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane), from O.Fr. agonie, agoine anguish, terror, death agony (14c.), and directly from L.L. agonia, from Gk. agonia a (mental) struggle for victory, originally a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • agony — [ag′ə nē] n. pl. agonies [ME agonie < L agonia < Gr agōnia, a contest for victory < agōn, AGON] 1. very great mental or physical pain 2. death pangs 3. a convulsive struggle 4. a sudden, strong outburst (of emotion) [an agony of …   English World dictionary

  • agony — index distress (anguish), pain, plaint, stress (strain) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • agony — suffering, passion, *distress, misery, dolor Analogous words: pang, throe, ache, *pain, twinge: *trial, tribulation, affliction, visitation Contrasted words: *rest, repose, ease, comfort: solace, consolation (see corresponding verbs at COMFORT):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • agony — [n] suffering, pain affliction, anguish, distress, dolor, misery, pangs, passion, throes, torment, torture, woe; concepts 410,728 Ant. comfort, happiness, health, peace, success …   New thesaurus

  • agony — ► NOUN (pl. agonies) ▪ extreme suffering. ORIGIN Greek ag nia, from ag n contest …   English terms dictionary

  • agony — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ excruciating, extreme, intense ▪ absolute, pure, sheer, utter ▪ exquisite ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • agony */ — UK [ˈæɡənɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms agony : singular agony plural agonies 1) great pain in agony: William fell to the ground, writhing in agony. 2) a strong and unpleasant feeling, especially great worry or sadness agony of:… …   English dictionary

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