agones

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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