Agony vs. Pain

By Jaxson

  • Pain

    Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. The International Association for the Study of Pain’s widely used definition defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”; however, due to it being a complex, subjective phenomenon, defining pain has been a challenge. In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition.

    Pain motivates the individual to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future. Most pain resolves once the noxious stimulus is removed and the body has healed, but it may persist despite removal of the stimulus and apparent healing of the body. Sometimes pain arises in the absence of any detectable stimulus, damage or disease.Pain is the most common reason for physician consultation in most developed countries. It is a major symptom in many medical conditions, and can interfere with a person’s quality of life and general functioning. Simple pain medications are useful in 20% to 70% of cases. Psychological factors such as social support, hypnotic suggestion, excitement, or distraction can significantly affect pain’s intensity or unpleasantness. In some debates regarding physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia, pain has been used as an argument to permit people who are terminally ill to end their lives.

  • Agony (noun)

    Violent contest or striving.

  • Agony (noun)

    Extreme pain

  • Agony (noun)

    The sufferings of Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.

  • Agony (noun)

    Paroxysm of joy; keen emotion.

    “With cries and agonies of wild delight. rfdatek|Alexander Pope”

  • Agony (noun)

    The last struggle of life; death struggle.

  • Pain (noun)

    An ache or bodily suffering, or an instance of this; an unpleasant sensation, resulting from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; hurt.

    “The greatest difficulty lies in treating patients with chronic pain.”

    “I had to stop running when I started getting pains in my feet.”

  • Pain (noun)

    The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress

    “In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.”

    “The pain of departure was difficult to bear.”

  • Pain (noun)

    An annoying person or thing.

    “Your mother is a right pain.”

  • Pain (noun)

    Suffering inflicted as punishment or penalty.

    “You may not leave this room on pain of death.”

  • Pain (noun)

    Labour; effort; pains.

  • Pain (noun)

    Any of various breads stuffed with a filling.

    “gammon pain; Spanish pain”

  • Pain (verb)

    To hurt; to put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture.

    “The wound pained him.”

  • Pain (verb)

    To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.

    “It pains me to say that I must let you go.”

  • Pain (verb)

    To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.

  • Pain (noun)

    highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury

    “she’s in great pain”

    “chest pains”

  • Pain (noun)

    mental suffering or distress

    “the pain of loss”

  • Pain (noun)

    an annoying or tedious person or thing

    “she’s a pain”

    “it’s not a huge problem—just a bit of a pain”

  • Pain (noun)

    great care or trouble

    “she took pains to see that everyone ate well”

  • Pain (verb)

    cause mental or physical pain to

    “it pains me to say this”

    “her legs had been paining her”

  • Pain (verb)

    (of a part of the body) hurt

    “sometimes my right hand would pain”

Oxford Dictionary

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