Simple Definition of agony
: extreme mental or physical pain
Examples of agony
She was in terrible agony after breaking her leg.
The medicine relieves the agony of muscle cramps very quickly.
It was agony to watch him suffer like that.
Origin of agony
Middle English agonie, from Late Latin agonia, from Greek agōnia struggle, anguish, from agōn gathering, contest for a prize, from agein to lead, celebrate — more at agent
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of agony
Medical Definition of agony
1: intense pain of mind or body
2: the struggle that precedes death
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