- Word History
|part of speech:
||great or intense pain and suffering in the mind or body, usually over a long period of time.
I was in agony when my dog died.It was sad to see the patient in so much agony.
- anguish, distress, misery, pain, suffering, torment, woe
- similar words:
- hell, hurt, torture, trouble
The word agony
comes from an ancient Greek word that means "a contest or struggle."