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


/ˈæɡəʊn; -ɡɒn/
noun (pl) agones (əˈɡəʊniːz)
(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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