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agony

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of agony

  1. 1 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness waiting all those hours to hear if he'd survived the plane crash was pure agony Synonyms of agony hell, Gehenna, horror, misery, murder, nightmare, torment, tortureWords Related to agony affliction, calvary, cross, curse, ordeal, trial, tribulation; calamity, misfortune, tragedy; gall, thorn; bummer, downer, dragNear Antonyms of agony delight, diversion, entertainment, fun, joy, pleasure, recreation; lark, picnic, riotAntonyms of agony heaven, paradise

  2. 2 a state of great suffering of body or mind the agony of never knowing what happened to her son Synonyms of agony affliction, distress, anguish, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, rack, strait(s), torment, torture, travail, tribulation, woeWords Related to agony discomfort; cross, crucible, trial; heartache, heartbreak, joylessness, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; emergency, pinch; asperity, difficulty, hardship, rigor; ache, pang, smarting, soreness, stitch, throe, twinge; danger, jeopardy, troubleNear Antonyms of agony comfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being

  3. 3 a sudden intense expression of strong feeling the announcement that the war was over unleashed a mass agony of joy Synonyms of agony outburst, blaze, burst, ebullition, eruption, explosion, fit, flare, flare-up, flash, flush, gale, gush, gust, paroxysm, spasm, stormWords Related to agony blowup, grouch, rage, tantrum; ecstasy, rapture, transport; delirium, firestorm, frenzy, furor

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

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