Intense or violent pain and struggle, especially accompanying birth, death, or great change: he convulsed in his death throes
More example sentences
- Do you think we are seeing the empire in its death throes?
- If you look at what the dictionary says about throes, it can still be a violent period - the throes of a revolution.
- Unable to bear the death throes of her love affair, she becomes by turns desperate and tenacious, acting out with unbridled fury.
Middle English throwe (singular); perhaps related to Old English thrēa, thrawu 'calamity', influenced by thrōwian 'suffer'.
in the throes of
- In the middle of doing or dealing with something very difficult or painful: a friend was in the throes of a divorceMore example sentences
- A large man deep in the throes of late middle age appears in the living room.
- Once more, the country is caught in the throes of yet another round of chaotic activity at the university.
- I hear that our great Republic is in the throes of what is being called the Great Depression.