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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.) Theol.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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