Definition of agony
Examples of agony in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of agony from the Web
And if not, who needs the agony of expectation when the harmony of probability is right there, and with ivy?
Odd superstitions arise along with strange rituals of grieving - just as spiritualism flourished around the agony of the Civil War.
In coach John Tillman’s first season, the Terps earned a taste of what’s since become commonplace: championship game appearances and agony.
Supporters argue the bill would spare victims of crime the agony of legal appeals that drag on for decades.
One woman was admitted to a hospital in agony after the nerve agent had fused her contact lenses to her eyeballs.
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Did You Know?
In Ancient Greece, a public gathering was called agon. Since the Greeks placed a high value on sports and athletic competition, there were almost always athletic events at gatherings on festival days. The struggle to win the prize in such contests came to be called agonia. This term came also to be used for any difficult physical struggle and then for the pain that went with it—physical or mental. Our English word agony, meaning “intense pain of mind or body,” thus comes from a word that meant a happy celebration.
Synonym Discussion of agony
AGONY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of agony for English Language Learners
: extreme mental or physical pain
AGONY Defined for Kids
Definition of agony for Students
: great physical pain or emotional distress
Medical Definition of agony
1: intense pain of mind or body
2: the struggle that precedes death
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