What does agony mean?

Definitions for agony
ˈæg ə niagony

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word agony.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agony, torment, torturenoun

    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

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

  2. agony, suffering, excruciationnoun

    a state of acute pain

Wiktionary

  1. agonynoun

    Violent contest or striving.

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

  2. agonynoun

    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. agonynoun

    Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.

    With cries and agonies of wild delight. Alexander Pope.

  4. agonynoun

    The last struggle of life; death struggle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. AGONYnoun

    Etymology: ἄγὼν, Gr. agon, low Lat. agonie, Fr.

    Never was there more pity in saving any than in ending me,
    because therein my agony shall end. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Thou who for me did feel such pain,
    Whose precious blood the cross did stain,
    Let not those agonies be vain. Wentworth Dillon.

    Betwixt them both, they have me done to dy,
    Through wounds and strokes, and stubborn handeling,
    That death were better than such agony,
    As grief and fury unto me did bring. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    Thee I have miss’d, and thought it long, depriv’d
    Thy presence, agony of love! till now
    Not felt, nor shall be twice. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    To propose our desires, which cannot take such effect as we specify, shall, notwithstanding, otherwise procure us his heavenly grace, even as this very prayer of Christ obtained angels to be sent him as comforters in his agony. Richard Hooker, b. v.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agonynoun

    violent contest or striving

  2. Agonynoun

    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. Agonynoun

    paroxysm of joy; keen emotion

  4. Agonynoun

    the last struggle of life; death struggle

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Agony

    ag′o-ni, n. a violent struggle: extreme suffering: the death struggle in particular: Christ's anguish in Gethsemane.—v.t. Ag′onise, to struggle, suffer agony: to subject to agony.—adj. Ag′onising, causing agony.—adv. Ag′onisingly.—Agony column, the part of a newspaper containing special advertisements, as for missing friends and the like. [Gr.—agōn, contest.]

Suggested Resources

  1. agony

    Song lyrics by agony -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by agony on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce agony?

How to say agony in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of agony in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of agony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of agony in a Sentence

  1. Gerald Ford:

    All of us who served in one war or another know very well that all wars are the glory and the agony of the young.

  2. Buddha:

    Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death.

  3. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

    The great souls distinguish with two things; their greater needs and their greater agony.

  4. Machine Gun Kelly:

    It should be light, but also we go to hell with each other, it’s ecstasy and agony for sure… I don’t want people to think anything’s perfect with us. I didn’t say it was the darkest fairy tale for no reason.

  5. Former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky:

    Russia will have to stand long in agony by the bed of the sick emperor. It will be painful for the population and dangerous for the West.

Popularity rank by frequency of use

agony#10000#20439#100000

Translations for agony

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for agony »

Translation

Find a translation for the agony definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these agony definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "agony." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 7 Oct. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/agony>.

    Are we missing a good definition for agony? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    remove completely from recognition or memory
    • A. cleave
    • B. efface
    • C. elate
    • D. summon

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for agony: