throe

noun
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throe (audio) \

Definition of throe

1 : pang, spasm death throes throes of childbirth
2 throes plural : a hard or painful struggle the throes of revolutionary social change— M. D. Geismar

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collapsed in the throes of agony that third-world country is caught up in the throes of a democratic revolution

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But are nations and individuals in the throes of crisis really comparable? Moisés Naím, Washington Post, "Psychotherapy can solve personal problems — why not national crises?," 7 June 2019 There is little doubt that the country is in the throes of an opioid crisis. Ellen Florian, Fortune, "J&J Called a 'Kingpin' in Opioid Case That Could Be a Test for 1,600 More Lawsuits," 7 June 2019 Far from seeking the continent’s liberation, Britain is now in the throes of a tortured and toxic debate about leaving the European Union altogether. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "D-Day in Photos: Heroes of a More Certain Time," 6 June 2019 With broad swaths of the country in the throes of a highly active tornado season, federal forecasters are wrestling with the gaps in their knowledge of how tornadoes form. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "New Science Explains Why Tornadoes Are So Hard to Forecast," 29 May 2019 In the throes of writing and daydreaming about the perfect nom de plume, my illustrations were also coming to life. Haley Moss, Teen Vogue, "Telling My High School Class That I'm Autistic Is the Best Thing I've Ever Done," 12 Apr. 2019 The house is in the throes of a renovation, the bedrooms a work in progress, but downstairs Piccioli works in the light-spangled study, surrounded by his decorative-arts library. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 As anyone in the Midwest could testify, this past week has been spent in the throes of the freezing cold polar vortex. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Polar Vortex Looks Absolutely Chilling From Space," 1 Feb. 2019 Nicaragua is in the throes of the political crisis, with President Daniel Ortega intensifying his crackdown on civil society and the free press. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of throe

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for throe

Middle English thrawe, throwe, from Old English thrawu, thrēa threat, pang; akin to Old High German drawa threat

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throe

noun
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throe (audio) \

Medical Definition of throe

: pang, spasm usually used in plural death throes throes of childbirth

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