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What does agony mean?
Agony is extreme pain or suffering, especially the kind that lasts for a long time. The word anguish is a close synonym.
Agony can be physical or emotional. A person who has just broken their leg and a person who has just experienced the death of a loved one could both be said to be in agony—in a state of extreme pain or suffering.
However, agony is perhaps more commonly used in the context of emotional pain (in which case it often likens such suffering to intense physical pain).
The verb agonize can mean to be in agony, but it most commonly means to put forth a great effort—to struggle or strive, as in She’s been agonizing about what to get you for your birthday.
The adjective agonizing means filled with or resulting in agony, as in agonizing pain.
Agony also has a few other meanings that are much less common. It can mean an outburst of intense emotional excitement, even a positive one, as in an agony of joy. It can also mean an intense or violent struggle, as in He was in an agony of indecision. More specifically, it can refer to the struggle or suffering that precedes death.
Example: I hope you’ll never have to experience the sheer agony of losing a child.
Where does agony come from?
The first records of the word agony come from the 1300s. It comes from the Greek agōnia, meaning “struggle,” from agōn, “contest.”
Agony appears in the expression “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” which was used in the introduction of the long-running TV show titled Wide World of Sports. The phrase is typically used to contrast the range of intense emotions that can result from a competition that has winners and losers, such as a championship game or an election, with losing sometimes causing agony. Similarly, agony is sometimes contrasted with its extreme opposite, ecstasy—extreme pleasure or joy.
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Agony can refer to physical pain, but perhaps most commonly refers to emotional pain.
#21: I have broken my right leg twice: once at age 2 falling out a 2nd story window; again at 6 when hit by a car (femur). Level 11 agony.
— Ursus Draconosaur (@Thrashbear) July 10, 2011
Someone told me yesterday that the absolute refusal to ask for help even when you’re in agony is rooted in trauma and we have been conditioned to look at it as strength. My brain is still processing this.
— Nikita Gill (@nktgill) October 19, 2020
Ghosting is for cowards.
In relationships and in business.
Have the difficult conversation.
Allow yourself to be uncomfortable for a few minutes and spare someone else the agony of wondering where they went wrong.
— Natasha Link (@NatashaLink1) October 24, 2020
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Is agony used correctly in the following sentence?
The ecstasy of having won the election was soon replaced by the agony of realizing that the results were not correct.
How to use agony in a sentence
It should serve as a reminder of those parents still experiencing that agony.For a mother forced to give up her child, decades of grief, shame and secrets|Ellen McCarthy|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
If your muscles feel so tight that the gentlest prod causes agony, a heated pad can be a great ally.
Through Nadir’s journey, Joukhadar gives us a raw and powerful portrayal of his character’s agony and loneliness as he deals with living in a body that make him look female.
I once imagined the agony of illness being the greatest challenge I’d face as a doctor.Thank You for the 7 PM Clapping, But Camaraderie Is Needed More Than Ever - Facts So Romantic|Ayala Danzig|October 5, 2020|Nautilus
Twice, Raymond Jefferson’s service to his country left him in pain, agony and facing years of recovery.
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
But if he positioned himself a certain way, he found he could avoid excruciating agony.
In the year of misery, of agony and suffering in general he had endured, he had settled upon one theory.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Your sacrifice shall be the agony of agonies, the death of deaths, and yet you'll find yourself unable to resist.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Each sentence came as if torn piecemeal from his unwilling tongue; short, jerky phrases, conceived in pain and delivered in agony.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Having reduced Punch to a second agony of tears Harry departed upstairs with the news that Punch was still rebellious.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
How little did she realize the long drawn-out agony that was even then beginning for her sisters in that ill-fated entrenchment!The Red Year|Louis Tracy