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Definition of the noun agony

What does agony mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: agonies

  1. intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    • example: an agony of doubt
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of agony: torment / torture
    • more generic words: hurt / suffering = feelings of mental or physical pain
  2. a state of acute pain

Alternative definition of the noun agony


  1. Violent contest or striving.
  2. Pain so extreme as to cause writhing or contortions of the body, similar to those made in the athletic contests in Greece; and hence, extreme pain of mind or body; anguish; paroxysm of grief; specifically, the sufferings of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.
  3. Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.
  4. The last struggle of life; death struggle.


  1. "Agony" is a film by Elem Klimov, made c.1973-75 and released in Western and Central Europe in 1982, after protracted resistance from Soviet authorities. The film is notable for its rich, sometimes baroque style, its sumptuous recreation of episodes from the final year of Imperial Russia and the psychological portraits of Grigori Rasputin and the Imperial family.
  2. "Agony" a.k.a. "Agonia" was a 1969 Greek drama film directed by Odysseas Kosteletos, written by Nikos Antonakos.


"Agony" is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up game, released by Psygnosis in 1992 for the Amiga platform.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • developer: Art & Magic
  • genres: Shoot 'em up, Action game, Shooter game
  • publisher: Psygnosis
  • released in (23 years ago)


  1. "Agony" is the second studio album by Italian symphonic technical death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse.
  2. "Agony" is the second studio album by technical death metal band Oppressor. It was released in 1996.
  3. "Agony" is the sixth studio album by Chicago Celtic punk band The Tossers. It was released on March 7, 2007 by Victory Records. It is their second release on the label.
    • genre: Celtic punk
    • released on (7 years ago)
  4. "agony" is a composition.
  5. "Agony" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  6. "Agony" is a musical album of Psilocybe Larvae.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  7. "Agony" is a musical single of Garden of Delight.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  8. "Agony" is a composition.
  9. "Agony" is a musical album of Anonymous Souls.
  10. "Agony" is a musical album of From Nowhere.
  11. "Agony" is a musical single of Kaamos.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  12. "Agony" is a musical single of Unbelievable Truth.
    • released on (14 years ago)


  1. Agony is a Colombian metal band, formed in Bogotá, Colombia in 1992. The band was founded by Alfonso Pinzón and Andrés Jaramillo, two college friends that shared a common interest in metal. A demo tape of the band's first songs, was quickly spread through Bogotá's metal fans in 1994. The band created a reputation of strong and fierce live shows, which was recorded in the first live album published by a Colombian band, Live All the Time in 1995, featuring two cover songs: Pantera's "Strength Beyond Strength" and Sepultura's "Propaganda".
  2. Agony is a musical group.
  3. Agony is a musical group.
    • albums: "My Turn to Die", "...From Red Heaven", "The Hills of Senyaan, Part II / Black Velvet"
    • official website:

There are other groups with in their name, like Agony Hill, Death Agony, Agony Column, Agony Forces, Agony Voices, Christ Agony, Mortal Agony, Down to Agony, Instant Agony, Life Of Agony, Angels & Agony, Reverend Agony, Moonlight Agony, The Agony Scene, Agony Conscience and As You in Agony Cry.


AGONY is an Aviation waypoint.


Agony is a British sitcom that aired on ITV from 1979 to 1981. Made by London Weekend Television, it stars Maureen Lipman as Jane Lucas who has a successful career as an agony aunt but whose own personal life is a shambles. It was created by Len Richmond and real-life agony aunt Anna Raeburn, both of whom wrote all of the first series. The second and third series were written by Stan Hey and Andrew Nickolds.

Phrases with Agony

  1. Agony Box
  2. agony aunt
  3. Agony Uncle
  4. agony column
  5. Life of Agony

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Agony

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Google previewMixed Emotions (1991)

Certain Steps Toward Understanding Ambivalence by Andrew J. Weigert

agony is a painful condition to be avoided or resolved. Economic rationality would define it paradoxically as a "negative good," that is, a counter-productive condition that no rational person would choose. An individualistic consuming culture ...

Google previewCrabb's English Synonymes (1917)

by George Crabb

Pain is indefinite with regard to the degree; it may rise to the highest or sink to the lowest possible degree; the rest are positively high degrees of pain: the pang is a sharp pain; the agony is a severe and permanent pain; the anguish is an ...

Google previewEnglish synonymes explained with illustrations and exemples from the best writers (1824)

by George Crabb

Pains is indefinite with regard to the degree; it may rise to the highest, or sink to the lowest possible degree; the rest are positively high degrees of pain: the pang is a sharp pain ; the agony is a severe and permanent pain; the anguish is an ...

Google previewI Found God in Me (2015)

A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader by Mitzi J. Smith

Pain as recognized, named, and transformed agony is a consequence of discipleship. Dr. St. Clair's mentor and advisor at Princeton Theological Seminary was African American biblical scholar Brian K. Blount (a former student of Dr. Cain ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Human Instincts (2001)

by Nils K. Oeijord, Mitch C. Bronston

instinct agony, to-scream-in-agony instinct agony ...

Google previewThe Demon Dictionary Volume Two (2014)

An Exposé on Cultural Practices, Symbols, Myths, and the Luciferian Doctrine by Kimberly Daniels

Agony is defined as extreme prolonged pain coupled with intense mental or emotional suffering as a ...

Google previewThe Demon Dictionary (2014)

by Kimberly Daniels

Agony is defined as extreme prolonged pain coupled with intense mental or emotional suffering as a ...

Google previewLittle Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2014)

by Julia Cresswell

Agony referred originally only to mental anguish. It comes via late Latin from Greek agōnia, from agōn 'contest' (the base, too, of agonize). The Greek sense development moved from struggle for victory in the games, to any struggle, to mental ...

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Quotes about Agony

Have the wild things no moral or legal rights? What right has man to inflict such long and fearful agony on a fellow creature, simply because that creature does not speak his language? (Ernest Thompson Seton)
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Scrabble value of A1G2O1N1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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