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agony

noun

  1. (hurt)  intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    Synonyms: torment, torture. Type of: suffering
  2. (pain)  a state of acute pain
    Synonyms: excruciation, suffering. Type of: pain

Etymology summary

"mental suffering" (especially that of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane), from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural] | pile on the agony [sense-specific] | anguish [synonym, sense-specific]

acute physical or mental pain; anguish | the suffering or struggle preceding death | See "pile on the agony" | [modifier] relating to or advising on ... (23 of 542 words, 4 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Agony [disambiguation]

may refer to: Pain, anguish, or struggle, especially the struggle that precedes death | Suffering of intense degree, relating to physical or mental suffering | Passion (Christianity), also called the Agony of Christ | Christ's agony at Gethsemane |... (35 of 220 words, 17 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

agony | agonies [plural] | anguish [synonym, sense-specific] | outburst [synonym, sense-specific] | torture [synonym, sense-specific] | hell [synonym, sense-specific] | Gehenna [synonym, sense-specific] | horror [synonym, sense-specific] | misery [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

intense pain of mind or body; "anguish", "torture" ; the struggle that precedes death | a violent struggle or contest | a strong sudden display (as of ... (25 of 167 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

agony [countable/uncountable] | agonies [plural] | pile on the agony | prolong the agony

great pain | a strong and unpleasant feeling, especially great worry or sadness | "pile on the agony": [British, journalism] to make someone feel even ... (23 of 122 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/agony

Oxford Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

extreme physical or mental suffering | the final stages of a difficult or painful death (14 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/agony

Wiktionary:

agony | agonies [plural] | anguish [synonym, sense-specific] | torment [synonym, sense-specific] | throe [synonym, sense-specific] | distress [synonym, sense-specific] | pang [synonym, sense-specific] | suffering [synonym, sense-specific] | ecstasy [antonym, sense-specific]

Violent contest or striving. | Pain so extreme as to cause writhing or contortions of the body, similar to those made in the athletic contests in Greece; and hence, extreme pain of mind or body; anguish; paroxysm of grief; specifically, the sufferings... (41 of 65 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

The suffering of intense physical or mental pain. | The struggle that precedes death. | A sudden or intense emotion | A violent, intense struggle. (22 of 57 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural] | Agony [sense-specific]

extreme and generally prolonged pain; intense physical or mental suffering. | a display or outburst of intense mental or emotional excitement. | the ... (21 of 57 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/agony

New World Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

very great mental or physical pain | death pangs | a convulsive struggle | a sudden, strong outburst (of emotion) (17 of 42 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

agony

extreme physical or mental pain or suffering (7 of 33 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

intense physical pain or mental anguish | a consuming emotion | a period of struggle or suffering immediately preceding death (literary) (19 of 81 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584223​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

agony

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "mental suffering" (especially that of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane), from Old French agonie, agoine "anguish, terror, death ... (22 of 66 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

Origin: late Middle English (originally denoting mental anguish alone): via Old French and late Latin from Greek agōnia, from agōn "contest". ... (20 of 31 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/agony

Merriam-Webster:

agony | agonies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English agonie, from Late Latin agonia, from Greek agōnia struggle, anguish, from agōn gathering, contest for a ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/agony

American Heritage Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

Origin: Middle English agonie, from Old French, from Late Latin agōnia, from Greek agōniā, from agōn, struggle, from ... (17 of 25 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

Origin: Middle English agonie from Latin agonia from Greek agōnia, a contest for victory from agōn, "agon"

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Collins Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: via Late Latin from Greek agōnia struggle, from agōn contest

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agony

Wiktionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek ἀγωνία (agonia, "emulation, competition, struggle"), from ἀγών (agon, "contest").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agony

Encarta Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin agonia from Greek agōnia "(mental) struggle, anguish" from agōn "contest"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584223​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

agony [countable/uncountable] | agonies [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

agony [countable/uncountable] | agonies [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

agony

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the Free Dictionary:

agony

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Google Dictionary:

agony | agonies [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

agony

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YourDictionary Audio:

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freedictionary.org:

Agony

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