- ag|o|ny «AG uh nee», noun, plural -nies.1. a) very great suffering of body or mind: »
Nobody can stand for long the agony of a severe toothache.SYNONYM(S): torment. b) Figurative. very great suffering of mind; extreme mental pain or suffering: »
The loss of her husband filled her with agony.SYNONYM(S): torment, woe.2. a sudden, powerful emotion: »
With cries and agonies of wild delight… (Alexander Pope).3. Often, agonies. the struggle often preceding death: »
the agonies of death, mortal agony.4. a struggle, especially one involving a crisis: »
the agony of war.╂[< Late Latin agōnia < Greek agōníā a struggle < agōn contest, assembly < ágein to conduct, celebrate]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.