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throe

 (thrō)
n.
1. often throes A severe pang or spasm of pain, as in childbirth. See Synonyms at pain.
2. throes A condition of extreme difficulty or trouble: a country in the throes of economic collapse.

[Middle English throwe, thrawe, partly from Old English thrāwu, variant of thrēa, chastisement, affliction, pang, and probably also partly from Old English thōwian, to suffer, and partly from Old Norse thrā, hard struggle.]

throe

(θrəʊ)
n
(Pathology) rare a pang or pain
[Old English thrāwu threat; related to Old High German drawa threat, Old Norse thrā desire, thrauka to endure]

throe

(θroʊ)

n.
1. a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm.
2. throes,
a. any violent convulsion or struggle.
b. the agony of death.
[1150–1200; Middle English throwe, alter. of thrawe, Old English thrawu, c. Old Norse thrā]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.throe - severe spasm of pain; "the throes of dying"; "the throes of childbirth"
excruciation, suffering, agony - a state of acute pain
2.throe - hard or painful trouble or struggle; "a country in the throes of economic collapse"
distress - a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"

throe

noun
1. A violent, excruciating seizure of pain:
2. A sensation of physical discomfort occurring as the result of disease or injury:
Informal: misery.
3. A condition of anguished struggle and disorder.Used in plural:
Translations
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It was the final throe of what called itself old gentility.
He pulled at it and, wrench- ing it free, swung up its red brilliancy with a mad cry of exultation even as the color bearer, gasping, lurched over in a final throe and, stiff- ening convulsively, turned his dead face to the ground.
I'd have courage to live out every throe of anguish fate assigned me, and principle to contend for justice and liberty to the last.
The growths of genius are of a certain total character, that does not advance the elect individual first over John, then Adam, then Richard, and give to each the pain of discovered inferiority,--but by every throe of growth the man expands there where he works, passing, at each pulsation, classes, populations, of men.
He was beset by ideas and in the throes of one of his ideas was uncontrollable.
often, when forced from his hammock by exhausting and intolerably vivid dreams of the night, which, resuming his own intense thoughts through the day, carried them on amid a clashing of phrensies, and whirled them round and round in his blazing brain, till the very throbbing of his life-spot became insufferable anguish; and when, as was sometimes the case, these spiritual throes in him heaved his being up from its base, and a chasm seemed opening in him, from which forked flames and lightnings shot up, and accursed fiends beckoned him to leap down among them; when this hell in himself yawned beneath him, a wild cry would be heard through the ship; and with glaring eyes Ahab would burst from his state room, as though escaping from a bed that was on fire.
Born in throes, 't is fit that man should live in pains and die in pangs
He did not know but that the day of his death was dawning in the sky; and his heart throbbed with solemn throes of joy and desire, as he thought that the wondrous all, of which he had often pondered,--the great white throne, with its ever radiant rainbow; the white-robed multitude, with voices as many waters; the crowns, the palms, the harps,--might all break upon his vision before that sun should set again.
He would cry for nothing; he would burst into storms of devilish temper without notice, and let go scream after scream and squall after squall, then climax the thing with "holding his breath"-- that frightful specialty of the teething nursling, in the throes of which the creature exhausts its lungs, then is convulsed with noiseless squirmings and twistings and kickings in the effort to get its breath, while the lips turn blue and the mouth stands wide and rigid, offering for inspection one wee tooth set in the lower rim of a hoop of red gums; and when the appalling stillness has endured until one is sure the lost breath will never return, a nurse comes flying, and dashes water in the child's face, and--presto
So I was up and out of the town while as yet most of the inhabitants were in the throes of getting up.
When the ancient world was in its last throes, the ancient religions were overcome by Christianity.
When," asked one of the women, "will we enjoy the death throes of the red one?