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[ag-ohn, -on, ah-gohn] /ˈæg oʊn, -ɒn, ɑˈgoʊn/
noun, plural agones
[uh-goh-neez] /əˈgoʊ niz/ (Show IPA)
(in ancient Greece) a contest in which prizes were awarded in any of a number of events, as athletics, drama, music, poetry, and painting.
(italics) Greek. (in ancient Greek drama) a formalized debate or argumentation, especially in comedy: usually following the proagon and preceding the parabasis.
Literature. conflict, especially between the protagonist and the antagonist.
Origin of agon
First recorded in 1650-60, agon is from the Greek word agṓn struggle, contest Unabridged
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  • The name is said to be derived from the agones (corrupted to Navone, Navona), or contests which took place in the circus.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
British Dictionary definitions for agones


/ˈæɡəʊn; -ɡɒn/
noun (pl) agones (əˈɡəʊniːz)
(in ancient Greece) a festival at which competitors contended for prizes. Among the best known were the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian Games
Word Origin
C17: Greek: contest, from agein to lead
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