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ag·on(ăg′ŏn, -ōn, ä-gōn′)
n. pl. a·gon·es (ə-gō′nēz)
1. A conflict, especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a work of literature.
2. The part of an ancient Greek drama, especially a comedy, in which two characters engage in verbal dispute.
3. A test of will; a conflict: "Freud's originality stemmed from his aggression and ambition in his agon with biology" (Harold Bloom).
4. A contest in ancient Greece, as in athletics or music, in which prizes were awarded.
[Greek agōn; see agony.]
n, pl agones (əˈɡəʊniːz)
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a festival at which competitors contended for prizes. Among the best known were the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian Games
[C17: Greek: contest, from agein to lead]
ag•on(ˈæg oʊn, -ɒn, ɑˈgoʊn)
n., pl. a•go•nes (əˈgoʊ niz)
1. (in literature) conflict, esp. between the protagonist and the antagonist.
2. (in ancient Greece) a contest in which prizes were awarded in any of a number of events, as athletics, drama, music, poetry, and painting.
[1650–60; < Greek agṓn struggle, contest]
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|Noun||1.||agon - a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes|
Isthmian Games - the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially on the Isthmus of Corinth in the first and third years of each Olympiad
Nemean Games - the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially at Nemea in the second and fourth years of each Olympiad
Olympian Games, Olympic Games - the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus; held every 4 years beginning in 776 BC
Pythian Games - the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Delphi held every four years in the third year of the Olympiad in honor of Apollo