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An account of the life of a Christian martyr; a martyrology.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From post-classical Latin agonale from classical Latin agōn, in post-classical Latin sense ‘martyrdom’ + -āle.
1Of or relating to an agon or public celebration of games.
2Characterized by competition; competitive; conflictual.
Late 18th century. From agon + -al, after French agonal relating to a contest and its etymon post-classical Latin agonalis of or relating to a contest.
Of or relating to the stage of death or the process of dying; occurring during this stage or process.
Late 19th century. Probably from French agonal from post-classical Latin agon death agony + French -al.
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