- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)II(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A violent, excruciating seizure of pain: cramp1, paroxysm, shoot, spasm. See PAIN. 2. A sensation of physical discomfort occurring as the result of disease or injury: ache, pain, pang, prick, prickle, smart, soreness, stab, sting, stitch, twinge. Informal: misery. See PAIN. 3. A condition of anguished struggle and disorder. Used in plural: convulsion, paroxysm. See CALM.
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Throe — Throe, n. [OE. [thorn]rowe, [thorn]rawe, AS. [thorn]re[ a] a threatening, oppression, suffering, perhaps influenced by Icel. [thorn]r[=a] a throe, a pang, a longing; cf. AS. [thorn]reowian to suffer.] 1. Extreme pain; violent pang; anguish;… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Throe — Throe, v. i. To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Throe — Throe, v. t. To put in agony. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
throe — index outbreak, outburst Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
throe — thrō n PANG, SPASM usu. used in pl. <death throes> <throes of childbirth> * * * (thro) a severe pain or paroxysm … Medical dictionary
throe — c.1200, throwe pain, pang of childbirth, agony of death, possibly from O.E. þrawan twist, turn, writhe (see THROW (Cf. throw)), or altered from O.E. þrea (gen. þrawe) affliction, pang, evil, threat (related to þrowian to suffer ), from P.Gmc.… … Etymology dictionary
throe — *pain, ache, pang, twinge, stitch … New Dictionary of Synonyms
throe — [thrō] n. [ME throwe, prob. < OE thrawu, pain, affliction, akin to ON thrā, strong yearning < IE * treu (> Gr trauma, a wound) < base * ter , to rub, grind > THROW] a spasm or pang of pain usually used in pl. [the throes of… … English World dictionary
throe — noun Etymology: Middle English thrawe, throwe, from Old English thrawu, thrēa threat, pang; akin to Old High German drawa threat Date: 13th century 1. pang, spasm < death throes > < throes of childbirth > 2. plural a hard or painful … New Collegiate Dictionary
throe — /throh/, n. 1. a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm. 2. a sharp attack of emotion. 3. throes, a. any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle. b. the agony of death. c. the pains of childbirth. [1150 1200; ME throwe, alter. of thrawe ( o … Universalium
throe — noun severe spasm of pain, especially near the moment of death As if their own indignant Earth … Wiktionary