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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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Lally would like to see safe injection sites established for those in the throes of the disease. Denise Coffey,, "Hope Is A Chorus Of Stories," 16 Sep. 2019 While New York City’s fashion crowd was in the throes of fashion week's final night, the art set was gearing up for one of the buzziest events of the fall art calendar: Pace Gallery’s new flagship opening party at 540 West 25th street in Chelsea. Vogue, "The New Pace Gallery Was Teeming With Artists at Last Night's Opening Party," 13 Sep. 2019 And when both someones are surviving spouses still in the throes of a deep and lingering pain that never seems to pass. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "After cancer took their spouses, couple found new love through grief," 12 Sep. 2019 Twenty years later, in the throes of another season of anti-Catholic anxiety, Locke delivers the same argument, yet even more forcefully. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "The Need for a Revival of Lockean Liberalism," 11 Sep. 2019 Baltimore has been in the throes of a steep rise in violent crime since 2015, when the homicide rate spiked amid the city’s worst rioting in decades following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody. Fox News, "Baltimore’s violent weekend sees 7 shot -- 2 fatally -- in 16 hours as homicide count reaches 240," 9 Sep. 2019 After the Rio Olympics in 2016, and with Brazil in the throes of a record recession, public resources dried up. The Economist, "Police killings in the state of Rio de Janeiro are at a 20-year high," 3 Sep. 2019 France was in the throes of a heat wave, but up here, the air was crisp. Sylvie Bigar, Washington Post, "Her uncle died with the French Resistance, and she had to visit the spot," 30 Aug. 2019 In the throes of the Great Depression, New York City mayor Jimmy Walker issued a call for help., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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Medical Definition of throe

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

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