noun, plural agones /əˈgoʊniz/ [uh-goh-neez] 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.
1650–60; < Greek agṓn struggle, contest