(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.
Contemporary Examples

Furthermore, this agon happens between the poems or plays or novels themselves, and not between the writers.
Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons William Giraldi October 20, 2014

Historical Examples

Preceding her was agon, the High Priest, arrayed in his most gorgeous vestments, and on either side were other priests.
Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard

agon saw this and hesitated, and then for the first time Nyleptha spoke in her soft sweet voice.
Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard

agon is still the ordinary Russian word for fire, the equivalent of the Latin ignis.
Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston

After our escape from agon and his pious crew we returned to our quarters in the palace and had a very good time.
Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard

The next day was called the day of the “Cups”—there was a contest or agon of drinking.
Ancient Art and Ritual Jane Ellen Harrison

I only wished that old agon could have heard her, it would have frightened him.
Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard

Endecagon, en-dek′a-gon, n. a plane figure of eleven sides—also Hendec′agon.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M) Various

noun (pl) agones (əˈɡəʊniːz)
(in ancient Greece) a festival at which competitors contended for prizes. Among the best known were the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian Games


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