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Synonyms for agony
ˈæg ə niagony

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Wiktionary2.3 / 3 votes

  1. agonynoun

    Synonyms:
    suffering, torment, distress, throe, anguish, pang

  2. agonynoun

    Violent contest or striving.

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

    Synonyms:
    throe, anguish, distress, pang, torment, suffering

  3. agonynoun

    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.

    Synonyms:
    suffering, pang, torment, throe, anguish, distress

  4. agonynoun

    Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.

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

    Synonyms:
    pang, suffering, throe, torment, distress, anguish

  5. agonynoun

    The last struggle of life; death struggle.

    Synonyms:
    torment, throe, anguish, pang, suffering, distress

English Synonyms and Antonyms2.3 / 6 votes

  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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms2.3 / 3 votes

  1. agony

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

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

Princeton's WordNet4.3 / 4 votes

  1. agony, torment, torturenoun

    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

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

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

  2. agony, suffering, excruciationnoun

    a state of acute pain

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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. agonynoun

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "agony":

    anguish, martyrdom, suffering, pain, distress

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How to use agony in a sentence?

  1. Philip Chatfield:

    Mr. Dixon performed the operation in 2016 with the mesh but it was unsuccessful and caused her to be in agony, she had a follow-up operation which made things even worse.

  2. Machine Gun Kelly:

    It should be light, but also we go to hell with each other, it’s ecstasy and agony for sure… I don’t want people to think anything’s perfect with us. I didn’t say it was the darkest fairy tale for no reason.

  3. John Hickenlooper:

    It is ridiculous Other Democratic senators are still willing to avoid what is a scientific truth and turn away, and subject cities and towns all across this country to the same agony the Marshall fire has caused.

  4. P. G. Wodehouse:

    His was a life which lacked, perhaps, the sublimer emotions which raised Man to the level of the gods, but it was undeniably an extremely happy one. He never experienced the thrill of ambition fulfilled, but, on the other hand, he never knew the agony of ambition frustrated....

  5. Nicki Ley:

    Procrastination is self-induced torture, often void of physical agony. It still hurts.


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