noun, plural ag·o·nies.
- agony aunt,
- agony column,
- agony uncle,
Origin of agony
Examples from the Web for agonies
John B. Judis, The New Republic The agonies and ecstasy of a permanent Democratic majority.The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for November 24, 2012|David Sessions|November 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A year ago, Nick Hornby was suffering the agonies of the first-time screenwriter.
The present has its own trials and agonies, its martyrdoms and deliverances.Is Polite Society Polite?|Julia Ward Howe
But no; her agonies were again and again borne anew, and her prognostications unfulfilled.Byways of Ghost-Land|Elliott O'Donnell
When a drunkard in his agonies cries out to God, then help is near.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV|John Lord
Ladies sunk upon their knees around the bed where the proudest monarch of France was painfully gasping in the agonies of death.
Despite the intensity of his agonies, Braddock still persisted in the exercise of his authority and the fulfilment of his duties.
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for agony
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.