Definitions for agonyˈæg ə ni

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ag•o•nyˈæg ə ni(n.)(pl.)-nies.

  1. extreme and generally prolonged pain or suffering.

  2. the struggle preceding natural death:

    mortal agony.

  3. a violent struggle.

  4. a display or outburst of intense mental or emotional excitement.

Origin of agony:

1350–1400; ME agonye (< AF) < LL agōnia < Gk, =agṓnagon+-ia -y3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agony, torment, torture(noun)

    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

    "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"

  2. agony, suffering, excruciation(noun)

    a state of acute pain

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. agony(noun)ˈæg ə ni

    great pain

    wounded soldiers crying in agony

Wiktionary

  1. agony(Noun)

    Violent contest or striving.

    The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. u2014Thomas Babington Macaulay.

  2. agony(Noun)

    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. u2014Luke xxii. 44.

  3. agony(Noun)

    Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.

    With cries and agonies of wild delight. u2014Alexander Pope.

  4. agony(Noun)

    The last struggle of life; death struggle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agony(noun)

    violent contest or striving

  2. Agony(noun)

    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

  3. Agony(noun)

    paroxysm of joy; keen emotion

  4. Agony(noun)

    the last struggle of life; death struggle

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'agony' in Nouns Frequency: #2951


Translations for agony

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

agony(noun)

great pain or suffering

The dying man was in agony; agonies of regret.

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