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1 intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned" [syn: torment, torture]
2 a state of acute pain [syn: suffering, excruciation]

User Contributed Dictionary



From (agonia) "emulation, competition, struggle", from (agon) "contest".


  • US: /ˈægəniː/


  1. Violent contest or striving.
    The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. --Macaulay.
  2. 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.
  3. Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.
    With cries and agonies of wild delight. --Pope.
  4. The last struggle of life; death struggle.


violent contest or striving
extreme pain of mind or body
paroxysm of joy
The last struggle of life
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Agony may refer to:



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agony in Dutch: Agony

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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