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English definition of “agony”


noun [U or C]     /ˈæɡ.ə.ni/
extreme physical or mental pain or suffering : She lay there screaming in agony. I was in an agony of suspense . We've both suffered agonies of guilt over what happened .Pain and painfulStrong feelings
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