agon

[ag-ohn, -on, ah-gohn]
noun, plural agones [uh-goh-neez] .
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:
1650–60; < Greek agṓn struggle, contest

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agon (ˈæɡəʊn, -ɡɒn)
 
n , pl agones
(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]

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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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As the breach between the pair widens, another agon is played out, that of food.
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