Meaning of AGONY in English

AGONY

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈa-gə-nē ]

noun

( plural -nies )

Etymology: Middle English agonie, from Late Latin agonia, from Greek agōnia struggle, anguish, from agōn gathering, contest for a prize, from agein to lead, celebrate — more at agent

Date: 14th century

1.

a. : intense pain of mind or body : anguish , torture

b. : the struggle that precedes death

2. : a violent struggle or contest

3. : a strong sudden display (as of joy or delight) : outburst

Synonyms: see distress

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