agony

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

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ag•o•ny /ˈægəni/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -nies. 
  1. extreme mental or physical pain or suffering: [uncountable]to cry out in agony.[countable]suffered many agonies.
See -agon-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ag•o•ny  (agə nē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -nies. 
  1. extreme and generally prolonged pain;
    intense physical or mental suffering.
  2. a display or outburst of intense mental or emotional excitement:an agony of joy.
  3. the struggle preceding natural death:mortal agony.
  4. a violent struggle.
  5. (often cap.) [Theol.]the sufferings of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.
  • Greek, equivalent. to agó̄n agon + -ia -y3
  • Late Latin agōnia
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English agonye ( 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged anguish, torment, torture. See  pain. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged paroxysm.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged comfort, ease, pleasure.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
agony /ˈæɡənɪ/ n ( pl -nies)
  1. acute physical or mental pain; anguish
  2. the suffering or struggle preceding death
Etymology: 14th Century: via Late Latin from Greek agōnia struggle, from agōn contest
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