Meaning of AGONY in English



Pronunciation: ' a-g ə -n ē

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural -nies

Etymology: Middle English agonie, from Late Latin agonia, from Greek ag ō nia struggle, anguish, from ag ō n 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

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.