A Word A Day : Agon

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


( 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


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


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


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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