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 for Agony
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Agony \Ag"o*ny\, n.; pl. Agonies. [L. agonia, Gr. ?, orig. a
     contest, fr. ?: cf. F. agonie. See Agon.]
     1. Violent contest or striving.
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              The world is convulsed by the agonies of great
              nations.                              --Macaulay.
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     2. Pain so extreme as to cause writhing or contortions of the
        body, similar to those made in the athletic contests in
        Greece; and hence, extreme pain of mind or body; anguish;
        paroxysm of grief; specifically, the sufferings of Christ
        in the garden of Gethsemane.
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              Being in an agony he prayed more earnestly. --Luke
                                                    xxii. 44.
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     3. Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.
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              With cries and agonies of wild delight. --Pope.
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     4. The last struggle of life; death struggle.
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     Syn: Anguish; torment; throe; distress; pangs; suffering.
     Usage: Agony, Anguish, Pang. These words agree in
            expressing extreme pain of body or mind. Agony denotes
            acute and permanent pain, usually of the whole
            system., and often producing contortions. Anguish
            denotes severe pressure, and, considered as bodily
            suffering, is more commonly local (as anguish of a
            wound), thus differing from agony. A pang is a
            paroxysm of excruciating pain. It is severe and
            transient. The agonies or pangs of remorse; the
            anguish of a wounded conscience. "Oh, sharp convulsive
            pangs of agonizing pride!" --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical
           pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"
           [syn: agony, torment, torture]
      2: a state of acute pain [syn: agony, suffering,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "agony":
     aching heart, affliction, agonizingness, agony of mind, anguish,
     atrocious pain, bale, bitterness, bleeding heart, broken heart,
     care, carking care, crucifixion, crushing, death agonies,
     death groan, death rattle, death struggle, death throes, deathbed,
     deathwatch, depression, depth of misery, desolateness, desolation,
     despair, distress, dolor, dying breath, excruciatingness,
     excruciation, extremity, final extremity, grief, heartache,
     heartbreak, heartfelt grief, heartgrief, heartsickness,
     heavy heart, infelicity, lamentation, languishment, last agony,
     last breath, last gasp, martyrdom, martyrization, melancholia,
     melancholy, misery, moribundity, pain, pangs, passion, pining,
     prostration, rack, sadness, sorrow, sorrowing, suffering,
     suicidal despair, throes, throes of death, torment, tormentingness,
     torture, torturousness, trouble, woe, wretchedness

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     contest; wrestling; severe struggling with pain and suffering.
     Anguish is the reflection on evil that is already past, while
     agony is a struggle with evil at the time present. It is only
     used in the New Testament by Luke (22:44) to describe our Lord's
     fearful struggle in Gethsemane.
       The verb from which the noun "agony" is derived is used to
     denote an earnest endeavour or striving, as "Strive [agonize] to
     enter" (Luke 13:24); "Then would my servants fight" [agonize]
     (John 18:36). Comp. 1 Cor. 9:25; Col. 1:29; 4:12; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2
     Tim. 4:7, where the words "striveth," "labour," "conflict,"
     "fight," are the renderings of the same Greek verb.

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