(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.
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How to use agon in a sentence
Furthermore, this agon happens between the poems or plays or novels themselves, and not between the writers.Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons | William Giraldi | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Greek word agon is the root of our words “antagonist” and “agony.”The Olympics Wimps Out on Wrestling and Competition | James Romm | February 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
agon is still the ordinary Russian word for fire, the equivalent of the Latin ignis.Russian Fairy Tales | W. R. S. Ralston
agon saw this and hesitated, and then for the first time Nyleptha spoke in her soft sweet voice.
Preceding her was agon, the High Priest, arrayed in his most gorgeous vestments, and on either side were other priests.
British Dictionary definitions for agon
(in ancient Greece) a festival at which competitors contended for prizes. Among the best known were the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian Games
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