throe

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noun \ˈthrō\

Definition of throe

  1. 1 :  pang, spasm death throes throes of childbirth

  2. 2 throes plural :  a hard or painful struggle the throes of revolutionary social change — M. D. Geismar

Examples of throe in a Sentence

  1. collapsed in the throes of agony

  2. that third-world country is caught up in the throes of a democratic revolution

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Origin and Etymology of throe

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


Medical Dictionary

throe

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noun \ˈthrō\

Medical Definition of throe

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





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