(Ag"o*nism) n. [Gr. fr. to contend for a prize, fr. . See Agon.] Contention for a prize; a contest.
(Ag"o*nist) n. One who contends for the prize in public games. [R.]
(Ag`o*nis"tic Ag`o*nis"tic*al) a. Agonism.]> Pertaining to violent contests, bodily or mental; pertaining
to athletic or polemic feats; athletic; combative; hence, strained; unnatural.
As a scholar, he [Dr. Parr] was brilliant, but he consumed his power in agonistic displays.
(Ag`o*nis"tic*al*ly), adv. In an agonistic manner.
(Ag`o*nis"tics) n. The science of athletic combats, or contests in public games.
(Ag"o*nize) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Agonized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Agonizing ] [F. agoniser, LL.
agonizare, fr. Gr. . See Agony.]
1. To writhe with agony; to suffer violent anguish.
To smart and agonize at every pore.
2. To struggle; to wrestle; to strive desperately.
(Ag"o*nize), v. t. To cause to suffer agony; to subject to extreme pain; to torture.
He agonized his mother by his behavior.
(Ag"o*ni`zing*ly) adv. With extreme anguish or desperate struggles.
(Ag"o*no*thete`) n. [Gr. + to set. appoint.] [Antiq.] An officer who presided over the great
public games in Greece.
(Ag`o*no*thet"ic) a. Pertaining to the office of an agonothete.
(Ag"o*ny) n.; pl. Agonies [L. agonia, Gr. orig. a contest, fr. : cf. F. agonie. See Agon.]