- a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm.
- a sharp attack of emotion.
- any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.
- the agony of death.
- the pains of childbirth.
Origin of throe
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Examples 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.Julianne Moore Is Oscar Gold in ‘Still Alice’
December 24, 2014
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?
December 9, 2014
And suddenly you were in the throes of both creation and destruction.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
“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
September 25, 2014
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
There were throes of love within her, of aspiration, of an ineffable delight in being.Tiverton Tales
And everywhere was the shouting and hurry as of a nation in the throes of war.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
The time when the Moors were in the throes of civil war was favorable.A Short History of Spain
Mary Platt Parmele
She covered her face, and rocked to and fro like one in the throes of a deep suffering.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
The throes of Russian resurrection will be long and painful.Notes on Life and Letters
- a condition of violent pangs, pain, or convulsionsdeath throes
- in the throes of struggling with great effort witha country in the throes of revolution
- rare a pang or pain
Word Origin and History for throes
c.1200, throwe "pain, pang of childbirth, agony of death," possibly from Old English þrawan "twist, turn, writhe" (see throw), or altered from Old English þrea (genitive þrawe) "affliction, pang, evil, threat" (related to þrowian "to suffer"), from Proto-Germanic *thrawo (cf. Middle High German dro "threat," German drohen "to threaten"). Modern spelling first recorded 1610s. Related: Throes.
Idioms and Phrases with throes
see in the throes.