Pronunciation: (ag'ōn, -on, ä-gōn'), [key]
—pl. a•go•nesPronunciation: (u-gō'nēz). [key]
1. (in ancient Greece) a contest in which prizes were awarded in any of a number of events, as athletics, drama, music, poetry, and painting.
2. (italics) Greek. (in ancient Greek drama) a formalized debate or argumentation, esp. in comedy: usually following the proagon and preceding the parabasis.
3. Literature.conflict, esp. between the protagonist and the antagonist.
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