Meaning of AGONY in English

AGONY

noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a scream of pain/terror/agony

My screams of terror awoke my parents.

agony aunt

agony column

an agony column British English (= that gives advice to readers about personal problems )

Romantic relationships are much discussed in all the agony columns.

scream in terror/agony etc

He screamed in fear and panic, and banged frantically on the door.

writhe in pain/agony etc

He lay writhing in pain.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

mental

And when things were going against his men he seemed to be suffering mental agonies .

■ NOUN

aunt

While writing her agony aunt column, she remained busy as a reporter, interviewing figures including Margaret Thatcher.

Being agony aunt was tricky and probably quite beyond her.

I am still friends with my ex-husband who takes it on himself to be my personal agony aunt .

In fact they would be just as likely to turn to the agony aunt pages of a magazine.

Then he sat down and typed a letter to every agony aunt he had ever heard of.

He hated playing agony aunt but he couldn't afford to have Hirschfeldt falling to pieces.

Claire Rayner is a novelist, broadcaster and agony aunt .

death

The death agonies of monsters filled the sea with foam.

What we are witnessing is a further confirmation of the judgment that capitalism is in its death agony .

And a few streets away, Donald was probably in his death agony .

Mentally, Mrs Stych felt as if she were writhing in her death agonies .

The scene of Stalin's death agony was grotesque.

■ VERB

pile

He had four chances of piling on the agony for the Londoners but could not find a way past keeper Bob Bolder.

Woosnam piled on the agony with four successive birdies.

It piled on the agony for Glasgow, who had passed up another chance two minutes before the break.

prolong

There was no sense in prolonging the agony .

She played her part to the end, grateful that Ace didn't seem keen on prolonging the agony .

The last thing she wanted was to prolong the agony .

Without prolonging the agony for them both any longer she got up and left the room.

They are now 20 years older and must realise that to remain silent is to prolong the agony for Brian's parents.

You said you'd wait till I came to you of my own free will; let's not prolong the agony any longer.

In reality it can only serve to prolong their agony .

Goodness knows I do not wish to prolong the agony , but I feel some clarity is needed.

scream

Rincewind's arms screamed their agony at him.

Pins pierced his body; he screamed , twitching in agony , then slumped to the ground.

Conroy was restrained by Mr Ali but when police arrived the shopkeeper was screaming in agony .

Only out of sheer mastery of will did I not scream in agony .

He screamed in agony and fell to his knees, cradling his broken nose between his bloodied hands.

Lying there on the floor, cords biting into wrists and ankles, they heard Maureen screaming with terror and agony .

Rain hissed all around it ... and now Pearce was screaming in agony and distress.

suffer

Sister Duffy becomes a patient and suffers agonies over the fate of her love-child, little Peter.

If you have suffered the agony of being laid off you may believe there are no positive benefits to it.

Few suffer the agony of Johanna Young's parents and find that their worst nightmare has become a reality.

Without Dana I was suffering the agonies of hell.

The dead had become offensive and the living were suffering fearful agonies .

Because it was left untreated, he suffered another year of agony .

And when things were going against his men he seemed to be suffering mental agonies .

writhe

Mentally, Mrs Stych felt as if she were writhing in her death agonies .

Within moments the man had me writhing around in agony as he dug his hands into my feet, ankles and calves.

Her hands twisted in the coverlet beside her head, and she writhed in an agony of pleasure.

Police found the pair writhing in agony in the road.

But soon after she was writhing in agony , her muscles racked with pain.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

pile on the pressure/agony

And Walsh piled on the pressure to get promises of advertising business.

He had four chances of piling on the agony for the Londoners but could not find a way past keeper Bob Bolder.

It piled on the agony for Glasgow, who had passed up another chance two minutes before the break.

Move round him, piling on the pressure from different directions.

Pressure Gornei piled on the pressure from the start and by the end of the contest Griffin's face was badly swollen.

Then we really pile on the pressure.

They piled on the pressure to win handsomely by 30 shots.

Woosnam piled on the agony with four successive birdies.

prolong the agony

Goodness knows I do not wish to prolong the agony, but I feel some clarity is needed.

She played her part to the end, grateful that Ace didn't seem keen on prolonging the agony.

The last thing she wanted was to prolong the agony.

There was no sense in prolonging the agony.

They are now 20 years older and must realise that to remain silent is to prolong the agony for Brian's parents.

Without prolonging the agony for them both any longer she got up and left the room.

You said you'd wait till I came to you of my own free will; let's not prolong the agony any longer.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

In the book she describes the agony of watching her child die.

It was agony not knowing where he was.

With renewed fighting for control of the capital, there seems to be no end to the region's agony .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But Greenspun's upscale decor pales as she talks of another time and place full of pain and agony .

In retrospect, dying of the disease itself would seem infinitely preferable to the agonies of death from mercury poisoning.

People covered their mouths in agony .

She's been in agony with a long term back disorder.

The instant the light hit my pupils, the agony began.

The pure hell of making a speech is only equalled by the agony of the audience.

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