noun ag·o·ny \ˈa-gə-nē\

: extreme mental or physical pain

plural ag·o·nies

Full Definition of AGONY

a :  intense pain of mind or body :  anguish, torture
b :  the struggle that precedes death
:  a violent struggle or contest
:  a strong sudden display (as of joy or delight) :  outburst

Examples of AGONY

  1. She was in terrible agony after breaking her leg.
  2. The medicine relieves the agony of muscle cramps very quickly.
  3. 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

distress, suffering, misery, agony mean the state of being in great trouble. distress implies an external and usually temporary cause of great physical or mental strain and stress <the hurricane put everyone in great distress>. suffering implies conscious endurance of pain or distress <the suffering of famine victims>. misery stresses the unhappiness attending especially sickness, poverty, or loss <the homeless live with misery every day>. agony suggests pain too intense to be borne <in agony over the death of their child>.
AGONY Defined for Kids


noun ag·o·ny \ˈa-gə-nē\
plural ag·o·nies

Definition of AGONY for Kids

:  great physical pain or emotional distress
Medical Dictionary


noun ag·o·ny \ˈag-ə-nē\
plural ag·o·nies

Medical Definition of AGONY

:  intense pain of mind or body
:  the struggle that precedes death


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