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In 2001, my father finally succumbed to the bone cancer that had tortured him for seven years. His last weeks were a terrible, black icing on the cake, the agony, the slow twisting, thinning and snapping of his skeleton. Everything fell apart.
Peter Baynham

Meaning of "agony" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD AGONY

Via Late Latin from Greek agōnia struggle, from agōn contest.
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PRONUNCIATION OF AGONY

agony  [ˈæɡənɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF AGONY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Agony is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES AGONY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of agony in the English dictionary

The first definition of agony in the dictionary is acute physical or mental pain; anguish. Other definition of agony is the suffering or struggle preceding death. Agony is also relating to or advising on personal problems about which people have written to the media.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH AGONY


agamogony
ˌæɡəˈmɒɡənɪ
anthropogony
ˌænθrəˈpɒɡənɪ
Antigone
ænˈtɪɡənɪ
cosmogony
kɒzˈmɒɡənɪ
garganey
ˈɡɑːɡənɪ
geogony
dʒiːˈɒɡənɪ
heterogony
ˌhɛtəˈrɒɡənɪ
homogony
hɒˈmɒɡənɪ
isogony
aɪˈsɒɡənɪ
jargony
ˈdʒɑːɡənɪ
mahogany
məˈhɒɡənɪ
merogony
mɛˈrɒɡənɪ
monogony
mɒˈnɒɡənɪ
polygony
pəˈlɪɡənɪ
psychogony
saɪˈkɒɡənɪ
schizogony
skɪtˈsɒɡənɪ
sporogony
spɔːˈrɒɡənɪ
telegony
tɪˈlɛɡənɪ
theogony
θɪˈɒɡənɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AGONY

agonic line
agonies
agonise
agonised
agonisedly
agonising
agonisingly
agonist
agonistic
agonistical
agonistically
agonize
agonized
agonizedly
agonizing
agonizingly
agonothetes
agony aunt
agony column
agony uncle

WORDS THAT END LIKE AGONY

Antony
balcony
bony
ceremony
colony
ebony
felony
harmony
irony
matrimony
opening ceremony
peony
phony
pile on the agony
pony
stony
symphony
telephony
testimony
tony

Synonyms and antonyms of agony in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «AGONY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «agony» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of agony

Translation of «agony» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AGONY

Find out the translation of agony to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of agony from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «agony» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

痛楚
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

agonía
570 millions of speakers

English

agony
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

व्यथा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أَلَمْ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

агония
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

agonia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নিদারূণ যন্ত্রণা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

agonie
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kesakitan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Qual
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

苦悶
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

고통
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sangsara
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cơn đau đớn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தாங்கொணாத்துயர்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पीडा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

ızdırap
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

agonia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

agonia
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

агонія
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

agonie
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αγωνία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

foltering
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vånda
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pine
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of agony

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AGONY»

The term «agony» is very widely used and occupies the 22.718 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AGONY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «agony» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «agony» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about agony

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10 QUOTES WITH «AGONY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word agony.
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Laurie Halse Anderson
I don't reread my books after they're published, because it's agony.
2
Jeffrey Archer
When a book comes out I wonder if one person will buy it. It's agony. Of course it's stupid, but it's agony.
3
Peter Baynham
In 2001, my father finally succumbed to the bone cancer that had tortured him for seven years. His last weeks were a terrible, black icing on the cake, the agony, the slow twisting, thinning and snapping of his skeleton. Everything fell apart.
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Ezra Taft Benson
Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering.
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Ella R. Bloor
I shall never forget the despair and agony on the parents' faces on the awful day of the funeral when the 13 little children, victims not only of John D. Rockefeller, but of the government of the state of Colorado were buried.
6
Louise Bogan
Your work is carved out of agony as a statue is carved out of marble.
7
Paul D. Boyer
If our society continues to support basic research on how living organisms function, it is likely that my great grandchildren will be spared the agony of losing family members to most types of cancer.
8
Harold Brodkey
Being ill like this combines shock - this time I will die - with a pain and agony that are unfamiliar, that wrench me out of myself.
9
Albert Claude
This familiarity with a respected physician and my appreciation of his work, or the tragedy I experienced with the long, tormented agony and death of my mother might have influenced me in wanting to study medicine. It was not the case.
10
Harold Coffin
One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AGONY»

Discover the use of agony in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to agony and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Agony of Alice
Plotkin. One of Mrs. Plotkin's first assignments is for each member of the class to keep a journal of their thoughts and feelings. Alice calls hers "The Agony of Alice," and in it she records all the embarrassing things that happen to her.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, 2012
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Agony
Cartoons depict the strange adventures experienced by Jordan and Amy after they lose their jobs
Mark Beyer, Art Spiegelman, Franc̜oise Mouly, 1987
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Scroll of Agony: The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A. Kaplan
Yet his orderly script also conveys a world in which the struggle for survival included spiritual resistance: conducting services behind drawn shades, struggling to keep the schools open, and holding on to the rich fabric of communal life ...
Chaim Aron Kaplan, Abraham Isaac Katsh, 1999
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Acting without agony: an alternative to the Method
This text offers an alternative to the Stanislavsky "method" and teaches another way of arriving at emotions, which is described in detail throughout the text. MARKETS: Undergraduate and graduate courses in acting and directing.
Don Richardson, 1993
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The Agony of Education: Black Students at a White University
Black Students at a White University Joe R. Feagin, Hernan Vera, Nikitah Imani. THE AGONY OF EDUCATION BLAIICK STUDENTS AT WHITE ICOLLE'GES UNIVERSITIES 1012 R- FEAGIN HERNAN VERA NIKITAH IMANI THE AGONY OF ...
Joe R. Feagin, Hernan Vera, Nikitah Imani, 2014
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Glory and Agony: Isaac's Sacrifice and National Narrative
Glory and Agony is the first history of the shifting attitudes toward national sacrifice in Hebrew culture over the last century.
Yael Feldman, 2010
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The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940–1945
The Agony of Greek Jews tells the story of modern Greek Jewry as it came under the control of the Kingdom of Greece during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Steven Bowman, 2009
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The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
Dramatizes the life of the artistic genius Michelangelo, recalls his love affairs, his disputes with cardinals and popes, and his years of working on the Sistine Chapel
Irving Stone, 1995
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Healing Agony: Re-Imagining Forgiveness
This book offers a map of the rugged terrain that victims of serious harm, or those who seek to accompany them, will need to navigate if they embark on the venture of trust we call forgiveness.
Stephen Cherry, 2012
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India's Agony Over Religion: Confronting Diversity in ...
Presents the contemporary religious crisis in India, providing historical perspective and focusing on the crises in Punjab, Kashmir, and Ayodhya.
Gerald James Larson, 1995

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AGONY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term agony is used in the context of the following news items.
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Kidney donor living in agony and poverty after generous gift to father
Robin Howarth is regaining his health after a kidney transplant, but has seen the health and finances of his donor, daughter Elsie, fall apart. «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
2
David Walliams in fresh agony as Lara Stone moves out of their …
Lara Stone has MOVED out of the the mansion she shared with estranged husband David Walliams. The 31-year-old supermodel has left their ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
3
family is living in agony over the mysterious disappearance of their kin
Yet another family is living in agony over the mysterious disappearance of their kin…. Nassir Abdulmaid is said to have been kidnapped from ... «The Standard Digital News, Jul 15»
4
Somerset Rebels' suffer Pairs agony for the second successive season
There is saying that lightening never strikes the same place twice, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone at the 'Cases' Somerset Rebels ... «Midweek Herald, Jul 15»
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College admission complications 'agony of development', Education …
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has apologised for college admission complications, terming it as the 'agony of development'. «Bangladesh News 24 hours, Jul 15»
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A mother's agony as illicit brews take a toll on families
Ms Mercy Njoki, 57, of Kavote village, Kirinyaga County. Her pleas to have illicit liquor dens closed have fallen on deaf ears. [PHOTO:MUNENE ... «The Standard Digital News, Jul 15»
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Parents' agony as two students join Al -Shabaab
Suspected Al shaabab brides from left Umur Kheir, Mariam Said and Khadijah Abubakar at the Mombasa Court on Monday,030th March,2015. «The Standard Digital News, Jul 15»
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Mum in agony with adhesions growing over organs wins surgery battle
The 39-year-old said she was too focused on battling the agony of her condition to think about treatment that is still likely to be months off. «WalesOnline, Jul 15»
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Helpless fox endures days of agony with maggots in fur after illegal …
A helpless fox endured days of agony after being caught in an illegal gin trap set by hunters. The animal was discovered with its foot stuck in ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Footage Emerges of Leo Messi's Agony and Ecstasy During Copa …
Los grandes también sufren. Así fue la agónica tanda de penaltis ante Colombia para Leo Messi. #CopaAméricaPlus https://t.co/fVNTIbrUPj. «Bleacher Report, Jul 15»

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