from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A conflict, especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a work of literature.
- noun The part of an ancient Greek drama, especially a comedy, in which two characters engage in verbal dispute.
- noun A test of will; a conflict.
- noun A contest in ancient Greece, as in athletics or music, in which prizes were awarded.
from The Century Dictionary.
- An obsolete form of
- noun In Greek antiquity, a contest for a prize, whether of athletes in the games or of poets, musicians, painters, and the like.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Gr. Antiq.) A contest for a prize at the public games.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
struggleor contest; conflict; especially between the protagonistand antagonistin a literary work.
- noun An
intellectual conflictor apparent competitionof ideas.
- noun A contest in ancient
Greece, as in athleticsor music, in which prizes were awarded.
- noun A two-player
boardgameplayed with a hexagonally-tiled board, popular in Victoriantimes. Also known as queen's guard.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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What you describe correspond to what Caillois called "agon," or directly competitive games.
The [Greek: "agon"] of the Greeks is also manifested in the Symposium in the shape of witty conversation.
Like you might read a Greek play and initially identify the basic agon and the key moment of anagnorisis, you might read an SF short story and initially identify the most obvious alethic quirks.
For me "protagonist" and "antagonist" are very flexible terms, posting simply an agon, a point of view in that agon and a flip-side.
John McCain is a senile, old fool who lost what little mental abilities he had a long time agon. howie
If Harold Bloom is correct – and he's been quite sure of himself for almost 40 years – the placid scene of influence is in reality a brawl, with writers engaged in pugilistic agon against their aesthetic progenitors.
In one potentially worrisome sign, however, bond yields from financially stressed governments rose agon.
Public debate and political competition (agon was the Greek word, which gives us our "agony") were the norm in democratic Athens.
Horton also notes that despite all the heartfelt noble promises of both candidate Obama and candidate Clinton during their glorious progressive agon for the presidential nomination in 2008, the mercenaries of Blackwater -- and other firms in the ever-expanding security goon community -- are still swelling their bellies at the government trough:
It then became symptomatic in the Freudian agon of Bloom's or Hartman's anxieties about Romantic imagination.