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agony

ag·o·ny

agony

 
 
pronunciation:
ae g ni
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part of speech: noun
inflections: agonies
definition 1: intense and often prolonged physical or mental suffering.
The wounded soldiers moaned in agony.She has suffered the agony of losing a child to cancer.
synonyms:
anguish, distress, martyrdom, misery, pain, suffering, torment, tribulation, woe, wretchedness
antonyms:
ecstasy
similar words:
calamity, hell, hurt, rack, torture, trouble
definition 2: a sudden emotional outburst.
She erupted in an agony of weeping.
synonyms:
paroxysm, spasm
similar words:
convulsion, throe, transport
definition 3: a violent struggle, esp. the struggle just before death.
We found the trapped animal in its death agony.
synonyms:
contest, fight, struggle
similar words:
battle, conflict, wrestle
Word History
The word agony comes from an ancient Greek word that means "a contest or struggle."