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Synonyms for agony
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agony, torment, torture(noun)

    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

    "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"

    badgering, distortion, worrying, overrefinement, torturing, straining, harassment, excruciation, torture, anguish, bedevilment, suffering, twisting, curse, torment

  2. agony, suffering, excruciation(noun)

    a state of acute pain

    hurt, distress, woe, excruciation, torture, suffering, crucifixion, torment


  1. agony(noun)

    torment, suffering, pang, anguish, throe, distress

  2. agony(noun)

    Violent contest or striving.

    The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. —Thomas Babington Macaulay.

    throe, anguish, distress, pang, torment, suffering

  3. agony(noun)

    Pain so extreme as to cause writhing or contortions of the body, similar to those made in the athletic contests in Greece; and hence, extreme pain of mind or body; anguish; paroxysm of grief; specifically, the sufferings of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.

    Being in an agony he prayed more earnestly. —Luke xxii. 44.

    anguish, distress, throe, torment, pang, suffering

  4. agony(noun)

    Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.

    With cries and agonies of wild delight. —Alexander Pope.

    anguish, distress, torment, pang, throe, suffering

  5. agony(noun)

    The last struggle of life; death struggle.

    torment, throe, anguish, pang, suffering, distress

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. agony

    Pain is the most general term of this group, including all the others; pain is a disturbing sensation from which nature revolts, resulting from some injurious external interference (as from a wound, a bruise, a harsh word, etc.), or from some lack of what one needs, craves, or cherishes (as, the pain of hunger or bereavement), or from some abnormal action of bodily or mental functions (as, the pains of disease, envy, or discontent). Suffering is one of the severer forms of pain. The prick of a needle causes pain, but we should scarcely speak of it as suffering. Distress is too strong a word for little hurts, too feeble for the intensest suffering, but commonly applied to some continuous or prolonged trouble or need; as, the distress of a shipwrecked crew, or of a destitute family. Ache is lingering pain, more or less severe; pang, a pain short, sharp, intense, and perhaps repeated. We speak of the pangs of hunger or of remorse. Throe is a violent and thrilling pain. Paroxysm applies to an alternately recurring and receding pain, which comes as it were in waves; the paroxysm is the rising of the wave. Torment and torture are intense and terrible sufferings. Agony and anguish express the utmost pain or suffering of body or mind. Agony of body is that with which the system struggles; anguish that by which it is crushed.

    ache, anguish, distress, pain, pang, paroxysm, suffering, throe, torment, torture, twinge, wo(e)

    comfort, delight, ease, enjoyment, peace, rapture, relief, solace

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. agony

    pain, torture, torment, distress, woe, throe, suffering, pang, excruciation

    assuagement, comfort, peace, ease, relief, gratification, enjoyment, rapture, ecstasy, composure

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. agony(n.)

    ANGUISH, pang, torture, torment, distress, rack, throe, severe pain, extreme suffering

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    anguish, martyrdom, suffering, pain, distress

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  1. Heather Wilson:

    It's nonsense. It's just going to prolong the agony and prolong the suffering, there is no integrity in horse racing. These animals are confined 23 hours a day. They are whipped, they are drugged, they are forced to train at 18 months and they are racing them at two years of age.

  2. Adrian Baker:

    Hopefully people hear our story and it motivates them to do the right thing, by doing that, maybe it won't affect them or it won't affect their family but maybe they help another family not endure the pain and agony that me and my sister and our kids and the rest of our family are enduring right now.

  3. Luke Johnson:

    Imagine the agony of two million more people, how many deaths might flow from that ?

  4. Anuj Somany:

    It does pain a lot for not able to say a different & caring thought being felt inside, but it feels even more agony by saying out the same and then seeing the indifferent attitude of the people towards it.

  5. Catullus:

    I hate and I love. Perhaps you ask why I do so. I do not know, but I feel it, and am in agony.

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