Meaning of AGONY in English


/ag"euh nee/ , n. , pl. agonies .

1. extreme and generally prolonged pain; intense physical or mental suffering.

2. a display or outburst of intense mental or emotional excitement: an agony of joy.

3. the struggle preceding natural death: mortal agony.

4. a violent struggle.

5. ( often cap. ) Theol. the sufferings of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.

[ 1350-1400; ME agonye ( agonia agón AGON + -ia -Y 3 ]

Syn. 1. anguish, torment, torture. See pain. 2. paroxysm.

Ant. 1. comfort, ease, pleasure.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .