A Word A Day : Agon





Tuesday, 20th November 2007 : Today's Word is ...

Agon



( Noun )


Pronunciation : ăg-ŏn

1. A struggle or contest, conflict: especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work

2. The part of an ancient Greek drama, especially a comedy, in which two characters engage in verbal dispute

3. A contest in ancient Greece, as in athletics or music, in which prizes were awarded

4. A state of physical or mental suffering

Etymology:


Middle English agonie, from Old French, from Late Latin agōnia, from Greek agōniā, from agōn, struggle, from agein, to drive

Synonyms:


affliction, anguish, distress, hurt, misery, pain, torment, torture, woe, wound, wretchedness


Antonyms:


comfort, happiness, health, peace, success


Contextual Example:


• Freud's originality stemmed from his aggression and ambition in his
agon with biology.

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