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. (noun)
Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion. (noun)
The last struggle of life; death struggle. (noun)
Examples of word agony
It rises naturally to a suffering man's lips as expressive of agony, though not exactly framed for _his_ individual _agony_.
Watching collision-injured wildlife scream and writhe in agony is very disturbing to everyone, particularly the nonshooting, nonhunting public.
But pain, passing a little blood preceeding a few large kidney stones and being in agony is not a bad punishment for his evilness â€¦. for now.
Persons in sorrow are too apt to be cross and peevish with those about them, and to lay it grievously to heart, if they but seem to neglect them; but Christ in his agony is as meek as ever, and carries it as patiently toward his followers as toward his Father, and is not apt to take things ill.
He had been walking by, but stopped at my desk after seeing the expression of agony on my face.