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Agony

Ag′ony

properly means contention in the athletic games; and to agonise is the act of contending. (Greek, agon, a game of contest, as well as a “place of assembly”).

Agony, meaning “great pain,” is the wrestle with pain or struggle with suffering.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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