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throes

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Pronunciation: /θrəʊz
 
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Definition of throes in English:

plural noun

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.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English throwe (singular); perhaps related to Old English thrēa, thrawu 'calamity', influenced by thrōwian 'suffer'.

Phrases

in the throes of

1
In the middle of doing or dealing with something very difficult or painful: a friend was in the throes of a divorce
More 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.
Synonyms
having to cope with, enduring, living with, weathering, braving, facing, confronting;
in the middle of, in the process of, in the course of, in the midst of, busy with, occupied in/with, taken up with/by, employed in, involved in, participating in, taking part in, absorbed in, engrossed in, immersed in, preoccupied with, carrying on, conducting, pursuing, following, practising

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