Definition of agony in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈagəni

noun (plural agonies)

[mass noun]
1Extreme physical or mental suffering: he crashed to the ground in agony
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  • What sort of world is this that predisposes roughly 20 percent of human beings to suffer mental agonies?
  • Grams argues that all social layers share in life's abundance of physical and mental agonies.
  • Very many others suffered those same physical agonies.
1.1The final stages of a difficult or painful death: his last agony
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  • Only by concerted action can we counter the sheer humanity of those who wish to prolong the agony of death.
  • We want to ensure they have a dignified death and do not die in agony.
  • One can hardly feel the intensity of the agony that he is supposed to have endured in his final hours on earth.


late Middle English (originally denoting mental anguish alone): via Old French and late Latin from Greek agōnia, from agōn 'contest'. The sense of physical suffering dates from the early 17th century.

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