Agony is extreme mental or physical suffering.
I’ve been racking my brain, to the point of getting a headache, trying to come up with a practical example to illustrate the word agony. The only example I’ve been able to come up with is the suffering I’ve feeling as a result of undertaking this thankless project.
The question then arises, why am I doing it? Nobody is forcing me to do it. I don’t have an employer who has hired me to do it. Therefore, considering how much agony it is causing it, continuing at it would seem to be crazy. I can’t figure out why I’ve become so obsessed with it.
I am eager to get to the word masochist so I can explore this question further.