- (in ancient Greece) a festival at which competitors contended for prizes. Among the best known were the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian Games
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- -agon- comes from Greek, where it has the meaning "struggle, fight''. This meaning is found in such words as: agonize, agony, antagonist, protagonist.
ag•on (ag′ōn, -on, ä gōn′),USA pronunciation n., pl. a•go•nes
(ag′ōn, -on, ä gōn′),USA pronunciation
- 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.
- Literature(italics) Greek. (in ancient Greek drama) a formalized debate or argumentation, esp. in comedy: usually following the proagon and preceding the parabasis.
- Literatureconflict, esp. between the protagonist and the antagonist.
- Greek agó̄n struggle, contest
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-ɡɒn/ n ( pl agones /əˈɡəʊniːz/)
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