(Greek: struggle, a contest, to contend for a prize; also, to lead, set in motion, drive, conduct, guide, govern; to do, to act; by extension, pain)
2. The conflict of characters, as in classical Greek dramas or stories: "Agons now refer to actions that take place between protagonists and antagonists in works of literature and dramatic presentations."
2. Relating to the process of dying or the moment of death, so called because of the former erroneous notion that dying is a painful process.
2. Pain which is so extreme as to cause contortions of the body; such as, those which were made in athletic contests in Greece: Sometimes there are agonious pains of the mind and/or body that can result from a person's excessive striving to accomplish something.
2. A contender for prizes in competitions.
3. A person who is engaged in a contest or struggle; such as, a protagonist in a drama or a story.
2. Etymology: from Greek agonistes, "combatant" + -arch, "a ruler, a commander".
2. A reference to a combative argument or fight: If a person believes it is impossible to know whether or not God exists, and if there is a disagreement with a believer in God, there could be a very strong agonistic disagreement between the two.
These days, so many countries are having agonistic disputes with political opponents and even with the leaders of their own countries to such an extent, that many of them end up causing terrible destruction and deaths, as has been shown recently in Syria and Egypt.
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2. The art of combat or competitions in atheletic games.
2. To be in agony; to be in great pain: Susan agonised over the difficult decision that had to be made before making the final phone call.