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Words nearby throes
What does throes mean?
Is throe a word? Yes, the singular form throe is a word, and it refers to a pain, pang, or spasm, but it is very rarely used.
Throes is especially associated with situations involving physical or emotional pain or agony, as in the throes of childbirth or the throes of grief. It can also be used in the context of a situation that’s an intense struggle, as in the throes of creation or the throes of revolution. The phrase death throes can refer to the agony of dying or it can be used metaphorically to refer to the final stages of something, as in The terrible reviews of his latest book represent the death throes of his career.
The word throes is commonly used in the phrase in the throes of, meaning in the midst of something intense, especially a painful situation, a struggle, or a crisis, as in We were in the throes of battle when the reinforcements arrived. It can also be used in less serious situations, as in We were in the throes of a movie marathon when the power went out.
Example: When I’m in the throes of the flu, I barely have the energy to get out of bed.
Where does throes come from?
The first records of the word throe come from the 1100s. The origin of the word isn’t certain. It may come from the Old English verb thrōwian, meaning “to suffer” or “to be in pain,” or from the Old English thrāwu, meaning “threat.”
Throes is typically used in situations involving pain or struggle. It’s especially used in certain phrases, such as death throes, the throes of childbirth, and the throes of passion. It often involves something serious, but it can be used in a somewhat humorous way to exaggerate the seriousness or intensity of a situation.
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What are some other forms related to throes?
- throe (rare singular version)
What are some synonyms for throes?
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How is throes used in real life?
Throes is most commonly used in the phrase in the throes. It’s especially applied to negative situations.
Women in labour given virtual reality to ease pain of childbirth – Really? would any women who, in the throes of a contraction, actually “relaxed” please raise their hand! https://t.co/Z6iBIAkbNy
— Maureen McTeer (@MaureenMcTeer) August 10, 2019
A training program that teaches NYPD officers how to de-escalate tense interactions with people who are seriously mentally ill and in the throes of a crisis was abruptly halted last week, according to the group who helps administer the program. https://t.co/op2SG50Itw
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) September 25, 2020
“To talk with Gloria Steinem, even when she’s in the throes of grief, loss and uncertainty, is to be enveloped in her unique embrace: one of understanding and caring, but also steely, spine-straightening optimism.” More from @AnnHornaday: https://t.co/GPsxUzByfP
— The Lily (@thelilynews) September 30, 2020
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of throes?
Example sentences from the Web for throes
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.
Across the country, high school seniors are in the throes of completing college applications before looming deadlines.Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply?|Jonah Edelman|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And suddenly you were in the throes of both creation and destruction.
“Only my work holds my heart,” he wrote in the throes of his first serious relationship.John Lahr’s Biography Perfectly Captures Tennessee Williams’ Tortured Greatness|Wendy Smith|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Photographed by Steven Meisel, the shoot features Bündchen in the throes of a blood facial and butt-cupping therapy.Gisele Gets a Vampire Facial in Vogue; Gucci Makeup May Be On Its Way|The Fashion Beast Team|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Come in," I call impatiently, and Celia finds me absolutely in the throes.Once a Week|Alan Alexander Milne
On his return he found the country in the throes of the great election after the Reform Bill.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)|John Morley
Two wise men (seers) were out walking, and came near a house where a ewe was just in the throes of parturition.The Folk-Tales of the Magyars|Various
For eleven months the country was kept in the throes of partisan turmoil—and for what?
Thou hast permitted the nations to rise up in war against each other and our own beloved country to become engulfed in its throes.Morning and Evening Prayers for All Days of the Week|John Habermann