Complete Definition of "agony"

English

Etymology
From AGr. polytonic|ἀγωνία (agonia) "emulation, competition, struggle", from polytonic|ἀγών (agon) "contest".

Pronunciation
US: IPA|/ˈægəniː/

Noun
en-noun|agon|ies

  1. Violent contest or striving.

#: The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. --Macaulay.

  1. 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.

  1. Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.

#: With cries and agonies of wild delight. --Pope.

  1. The last struggle of life; death struggle.

Synonyms
anguish; torment; throe; distress; pang; suffering.

Translations
trans-top|violent contest or striving
Chinese: 痛苦 (tòngkǔ)
French: agonie f
Icelandic: kvöl n, þjáning f
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Portuguese: agonia f
Spanish: agonía f
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trans-top|extreme pain of mind or body
Chinese: 痛苦 (tòngkǔ)
Dutch: ondraaglijke pijn
German: Agonie f
Icelandic: kvöl n, þjáning f
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Portuguese: agonia f
Spanish: agonía f
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trans-top|paroxysm of joy
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trans-top|The last struggle of life
Dutch: doodsstrijd m, agonie f
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Portuguese: agonia f
Spanish: agonía f
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ttbc|Spanish: agonía f
ttbc|Telugu: బాధ (baadha)

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Revision and Credits for"agony"
  • 2007-12-29 20:36 - EncycloPetey - Undo revision 3474189 by [[Special:Contributions/124.171.43.35|124.171.43.35]] ([[User talk:124.171.43.35|Talk]]) - it was already in line with the OED

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