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Physical PainPlay
Use 'agony' to describe extreme and often visible physical suffering. SlideAfter the accident, the driver screamed in agony.
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Emotional IntensityPlay
'Agony' conveys severe emotional pain as well, equal to physical distress. SlideHe was in agony after hearing the tragic news.
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Temporary StatePlay
Often implies a temporary condition that has an end or relief in sight. SlideThe painkillers finally eased her agony.