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[ag-ohn, -on, ah-gohn]
noun, plural a·go·nes [uh-goh-neez] /əˈgoʊ niz/.
  1. (in ancient Greece) a contest in which prizes were awarded in any of a number of events, as athletics, drama, music, poetry, and painting.
  2. (italics) Greek. (in ancient Greek drama) a formalized debate or argumentation, especially in comedy: usually following the proagon and preceding the parabasis.
  3. Literature. conflict, especially between the protagonist and the antagonist.
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Origin of agon

First recorded in 1650–60, agon is from the Greek word agṓn struggle, contest
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Historical Examples of agones

  • 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


noun plural agones (əˈɡəʊniːz)
  1. (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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Word Origin for agon

C17: Greek: contest, from agein to lead
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