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Meaning of AGONY

Pronunciation:  'agunee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"
  2. [n]  a state of acute pain

AGONY is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: excruciation, suffering, torment, torture
 See Also: hurt, hurting, pain, Passion, suffering, throe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ag"o*ny\, n.; pl. {Agonies}. [L. agonia, Gr. ?, orig. a
contest, fr. ?: cf. F. agonie. See {Agon}.]
1. Violent contest or striving.

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

2. 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. Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.

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

4. The last struggle of life; death struggle.

Syn: Anguish; torment; throe; distress; pangs; suffering.

Usage: {Agony}, {Anguish}, {Pang}. These words agree in
       expressing extreme pain of body or mind. Agony denotes
       acute and permanent pain, usually of the whole
       system., and often producing contortions. Anguish
       denotes severe pressure, and, considered as bodily
       suffering, is more commonly local (as anguish of a
       wound), thus differing from agony. A pang is a
       paroxysm of excruciating pain. It is severe and
       transient. The agonies or pangs of remorse; the
       anguish of a wounded conscience. ``Oh, sharp
       convulsive pangs of agonizing pride!'' --Dryden.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of agony is never pleasant and is synonymous with great pain and suffering. You might be experiencing difficult times, that might seem beyond human bearing, but time helps and relaxing before going to bed may put you in a better state of mind.
Easton Bible Dictionary

contest; wrestling; severe struggling with pain and suffering. Anguish is the reflection on evil that is already past, while agony is a struggle with evil at the time present. It is only used in the New Testament by Luke (22:44) to describe our Lord's fearful struggle in Gethsemane.

The verb from which the noun "agony" is derived is used to denote an earnest endeavour or striving, as "Strive [agonize] to enter" (Luke 13:24); "Then would my servants fight" [agonize] (John 18:36). Comp. 1 Cor. 9:25; Col. 1:29; 4:12; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7, where the words "striveth," "labour," "conflict," "fight," are the renderings of the same Greek verb.

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