Meaning of agony

ag•o•ny

Pronunciation: (ag'u-nē), [key]
— 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.)the sufferings of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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