What is agony?

What Does agony Mean

A Greek word, which can be translated as "fight" , came to Latin as agonĭa . The etymological evolution of the term derived, in Spanish, in the notion of agony : the state prior to death .

Who goes through an agony, therefore, is in the moments that precede death , according to the first meaning mentioned in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy ( RAE ). At this stage, the person is often seen as struggling to survive. For example: "After five days of agony, the young man shot at the exit of a rock concert died" , "Doctors are surprised by the recovery of a woman who spent four months of agony" , "I am not afraid of death, but yes to the agony ” .

Agony, in this way, is usually linked to an instance that leads to death . However, occasional and even permanent improvements in condition are a possibility. For this reason, agony can be understood as a dynamic process whose end cannot be exactly predicted.
There are many symptoms that indicate that a seriously ill person is in the so-called dying phase. However, among them are a notable deterioration in consciousness, breathing difficulties, confusion, rales or even some pain.
However, it must be known that in hospitals there are precisely areas that are dedicated to the care of those patients who are at that critical moment. We are referring to those that respond to the name of palliative treatments.
Although its duration is variable, the agony implies a certain temporal extension. Suppose that a person falls into the void from a height of 50 meters and dies instantly on impact with the surface. In this case, there is no agony whatsoever. In contrast, a man who is in a car accident and is in a coma for eight months until he dies, endured extensive agony.
The idea of agony, by extension, is associated with intense pain or suffering difficult to resist , both physical and spiritual, and that which enters its final stages: “We are living the agony of this company: in a short time, we will have to declare us bankrupt ” , “ The visiting goal came in the throes of the first half ” .
Within the cultural sphere we come across several books that use the term we are addressing in their titles. Among them is, for example, "The Agony of Eros", which was published in 2014 by Byung-Chul Han and which revolves around freedom in society, neoliberalism, capitalism, beauty, sexuality ...

Nor can we forget "The agony and ecstasy." Irving Stone published this book which is a fictionalized biography of the great Italian artist Miguel Ángel Buonarotti, the creator of such important sculptures as “David”.
It must be stated that the term agony in certain corners of Andalusia has another meaning. Specifically, it is used colloquially to indicate that someone always thinks about money and that they try to hoard as much as possible. An example of this use would be the following: "Manuel is so agony that he even opened his business the day his father died."

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