Writhing in Agony

To writhe (verb): to twist, wring, or contort (a part of the body)

From the Proto-Germanic *wrīþaną, meaning twist or turn.


Agony (noun): extreme mental or physical suffering, particularly that of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.


Derived from the Greek agonia, meaning struggle for victory, or in a more general sense, exercise or gymnastics.



Evolution of meaning to include sense of pain so severe as to cause struggling occurred around the turn of the 17th century.


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