noun, plural ag·o·nies.
Origin of agony
Examples from the Web for agony
Truth be told, there is no one better at capturing the agony and alarm of a woman in the throes of a nervous breakdown than Moore.
The agony of being so close to our goal but failing gnaws at our insides while we replay the events over and over in our heads.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Animals in agony or danger are used by Martin Wittfooth, often to hint at the future of the human condition.
Murray lost 6-1 7-6, 6-2 as Kate and William grimaced and groaned in agony with the rest of the nation.Murray Crashes Out Of Wimbledon As Kate And William Watch|Tom Sykes|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Epic heroes, doom-struck warriors, the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.Was Aaron Harrison’s Game-Winning Three-Pointer ‘Clutch’?|Robert Silverman|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The road was almost impassable, and every jolt caused him agony.Captain Jinks, Hero|Ernest Crosby
"I don't see no sense in prolonging all this agony," averred his despondent companion.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
The agony of her spirit, involved in endless and horrid labyrinths of doubt, is powerfully portrayed.The Life of Friedrich Schiller|Thomas Carlyle
Nature in an agony is no atheist; the soul that knows not where to fly, flies to God.Christianity and Greek Philosophy|Benjamin Franklin Cocker
She clung to him in an agony of dread lest he should go, and her sobs grew less frequent.The Master of the Ceremonies|George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for agony
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for agony
Word Origin and History 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.