Definition of


  1. (noun, feeling) intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    the torments of the damned
  2. (noun, state) a state of acute pain

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Alternate forms of Agony

Derivations: agonal, agonise, agonist, agonize

Hyponyms: passion, passion of christ, throe

Hypernyms: hurt, hurting, pain, suffering

Origin of the word Agony

  1. late 14c., "mental suffering" (esp. that of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane), from L.L. agonia, from Gk. agonia "a (mental) struggle for victory," originally "a struggle for victory in the games," from agon "assembly for a contest," from agein "to lead" (see act). Sense of "extreme bodily suffering" first recorded c.1600. more

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