Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AG-NI'TION – AG-ON-O-THET'IC
AG-NI'TION, n. [L. agnitio, agnosco.]
Acknowledgment. [Little used.] – Pearson.
To acknowledge. [Not in use.] – Shak.
AG-NO'MEN, n. [L.]
- An additional name, given by the Romans, on account of some exploit or event; as, Africanus added to P. C. Scipio.
- A name added in praise or dispraise.
AG-NOM'IN-ATE, v.t. [L. agnomino; ad and nomino, nomen, name.]
To name. [Little used.]
AG-NOM-IN-A'TION, n. [L. agnomen, a surname, of ad and nomen. See Name.]
- An additional name, or title; a name added to another, as expressive of some act, achievement, &c.; a surname. – Camden. Encyc.
- Allusion of one word to another by sound.
AG'NUS-CAS'TUS, n. [AG'NUS CAS'TUS.]
A species of Vitex, so called from the Gr. αγνος, chaste, from its imagined virtue of preserving chastity. The Athenian ladies reposed on the leaves of this plant at the feast of Ceres. The Latin castus, chaste, now added to the name, forms a duplication of the sense. – Encyc.
AG-NUS-DE-I, n. [AG-NUS DE-I. from L. Lamb of God.]
- In the Romish Church, a cake of wax stamped with the figure of a lamb, supporting the banner of the cross. It is supposed to possess great virtues in preserving those who carry it, in faith, and from accidents, &c. Also a part of the mass in which these words are repeated by the priest. – Encyc.
- A prayer beginning with these words.
AG-NUS-SCYTH-IC-US, n. [AG-NUS SCYTH-IC-US. Scythian Lamb.]
A name applied to the roots of a species of fern, Aspidium Baromez, covered with brown woolly scales, and, in shape, resembling a lamb; found in Russia and Tartary.
A-GO', adv. [or a. Sax. agan, or geond, the participle of gan, to go; contracted from agone. See Go.]
Past; gone; as, a year ago.
A-GOG', adv. [Fr. agogo; vivre à gogo, to live in clover.]
In a state of desire; highly excited by eagerness after an object. The gaudy gossip when she's set agog. – Dryden.
A-GO'ING, ppr. [The participle of go, with the prefix a.]
In motion, as to set a mill agoing; or about to go; ready to go; as, he is agoing immediately. The latter use is vulgar.
A'GON, n. [Gr.]
The contest for the prize. [Not used.] – Sancroft.
A-GONE, pp. [agawn'; See Ago and Gone.]
Ago; past; since. [Nearly Obs.]
AG'O-NISM, n. [Gr. αγωνισμος.]
Contention for a prize. – Dict.
One who contends for the prize in public games. Milton has used agonistes in this sense, and so called his tragedy, from the similitude of Sampson's exertions, in slaying the Philistines, to prize-fighting. In Church history, the disciples of Donatus are called agonistics.
Pertaining to prize-fighting, contests of strength, or athletic combats. – Enfield.
In an agonistic manner; like prize-fighting.
AG'O-NIZE, v.i. [Gr. αγωνιζω, to strive. See Agony.]
To writhe with extreme pain; to suffer violent anguish. To smart and agonize at every pore. – Pope.
To distress with extreme pain; to torture. – Pope.
Distressed with excessive pain; tortured.
Giving extreme pain.
Suffering severe pain; writhing with torture.
With extreme anguish.
AG-O-NO-THETE', n. [Gr. αγων, contest, and τιθημι, to appoint.]
An officer who presided over the games in Greece.
Pertaining to the president of the Grecian games.