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agon

[ag-ohn, -on, ah-gohn] /ˈæg oʊn, -ɒn, ɑˈgoʊn/
noun, plural agones
[uh-goh-neez] /əˈgoʊ niz/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in ancient Greece) a contest in which prizes were awarded in any of a number of events, as athletics, drama, music, poetry, and painting.
2.
(italics) Greek. (in ancient Greek drama) a formalized debate or argumentation, especially in comedy: usually following the proagon and preceding the parabasis.
3.
Literature. conflict, especially between the protagonist and the antagonist.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Greek agṓn struggle, contest
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Examples for agon
  • As the breach between the pair widens, another agon is played out, that of food.
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agon

/ˈæɡəʊn; -ɡɒn/
noun (pl) agones (əˈɡəʊniːz)
1.
(in ancient Greece) a festival at which competitors contended for prizes. Among the best known were the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian Games
Word Origin
C17: Greek: contest, from agein to lead
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Encyclopedia Article for agon

debate or contest between two characters in Attic comedy, constituting one of several formal conventions in these highly structured plays. More generally, an agon is the contest of opposed wills in Classical tragedy or any subsequent drama

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