Violent contest or striving.
The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. —Thomas Babington Macaulay.
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.
Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.
With cries and agonies of wild delight. —Alexander Pope.
The last struggle of life; death struggle.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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Theres no word to describe the agony I feel that shes going through that, knowing theres biotechnology that exists on this planet that could have helped her and could help her still, this will give [patients] a pathway. Even if it doesnt work for them, at least theyre marching toward some type of hope.
Not having any clarity around potential resolution to the error committed by the testing regime continues to cause mental agony, i hope that the Australian government will act expeditiously to end our misery.
The great souls distinguish with two things; their greater needs and their greater agony.
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....
The moment where the fisherman catches the fish, happiness and agony, light and darkness, joy and death come face to face!
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- агония, мъки, гърченеBulgarian
- Agonie, Qual, Freudenausbruch, PeinGerman
- οδύνη, μαρτύριο, επιθανάτια αγωνίαGreek
- agonía, angustiaSpanish
- taistelu, kuolinkamppailu, kamppailu, tuska, huuma, agoniaFinnish
- aaghaer, angaaish, ard-phianManx
- kvöl, þjáningIcelandic
- agonia, angoscia, parossismo, doloreItalian
- agonie, pijn, doodsstrijdDutch
- suferință, agonieRomanian
- выплеск эмоций, страдание, агонияRussian
- kval, vånda, dödskampSwedish
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