ADJ. extreme, intense | absolute, pure, sheer | exquisite | mental, physical | death The little creature squirmed in its death agonies.
VERB + AGONY endure, go through, suffer He endured agonies of loneliness and misery. They went through agony in the search for their missing relatives. | cause, inflict She was causing David a great deal of agony. | prolong Don't prolong the agony?just tell me the result! | groan in, scream in | be contorted in, writhe in His face was contorted in agony as he tried to lift himself out of the chair.
PREP. in ~ The soldier died in agony. | in an ~ of She mumbled an apology in an agony of embarrassment.
PHRASES a groan/scream of agony