agon

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈæɡəʊn/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(agōn, -on, ä gōn)


Inflections of 'agon' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": agones

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
-agon-, root. 
  1. -agon- comes from Greek, where it has the meaning "struggle, fight''. This meaning is found in such words as: agonize, agony, antagonist, protagonist.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ag•on  (agōn, -on, ä gōn),USA pronunciation n., pl.  a•go•nes 
    (agōn, -on, ä gōn),USA pronunciation 
  1. Ancient History(in ancient Greece) a contest in which prizes were awarded in any of a number of events, as athletics, drama, music, poetry, and painting.
  2. Literature(italics) Greek. (in ancient Greek drama) a formalized debate or argumentation, esp. in comedy: usually following the proagon and preceding the parabasis.
  3. Literatureconflict, esp. between the protagonist and the antagonist.
  • Greek agó̄n struggle, contest
  • 1650–60

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
agon /ˈæɡəʊn -ɡɒn/ n ( pl agones /əˈɡəʊniːz/)
  1. (in ancient Greece) a festival at which competitors contended for prizes. Among the best known were the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian Games
Etymology: 17th Century: Greek: contest, from agein to lead
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