John B. Judis, The New Republic The agonies and ecstasy of a permanent Democratic majority.
A year ago, Nick Hornby was suffering the agonies of the first-time screenwriter.
Sidney's half-days at home were occasions for agonies of jealousy on Carlotta's part.
As the man was struggling in death's agonies, Ruter advanced and discharged a pistol-shot into the convulsed body.
This mournful exclamation, was not occasioned by the agonies of his body.
They had fled, leaving the two camp guards in the agonies of death.
This was the climax of all the agonies of that wonderful night; but, fortunately, it was not so hopeless as the others.
But you know I love you dearly, Amy, and why should you delight in my agonies?
It was my antagonist—it was Wilson, who then stood before me in the agonies of his dissolution.
In what will mortals be able to alleviate these agonies of thine?
late 14c., "mental suffering" (especially that of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane), from Old French agonie, agoine "anguish, terror, death agony" (14c.), and directly from Late Latin agonia, from Greek agonia "a (mental) struggle for victory," originally "a struggle for victory in the games," from agon "assembly for a contest," from agein "to lead" (see act (n.)). Sense of "extreme bodily suffering" first recorded c.1600.
contest; wrestling; severe struggling with pain and suffering. Anguish is the reflection on evil that is already past, while agony is a struggle with evil at the time present. It is only used in the New Testament by Luke (22:44) to describe our Lord's fearful struggle in Gethsemane. The verb from which the noun "agony" is derived is used to denote an earnest endeavour or striving, as "Strive [agonize] to enter" (Luke 13:24); "Then would my servants fight" [agonize] (John 18:36). Comp. 1 Cor. 9:25; Col. 1:29; 4:12; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7, where the words "striveth," "labour," "conflict," "fight," are the renderings of the same Greek verb.