Definition of throes in English:

throes

plural noun

  • Intense or violent pain and struggle, especially accompanying birth, death, or great change.

    ‘he convulsed in his death throes’
    • ‘You can't expect the average couch potato to see the irony in the fact that a TV pathologist was being used to promote a company in its death throes.’
    • ‘Do you think we are seeing the empire in its death throes?’
    • ‘This is the narration by someone who is undergoing death throes.’
    • ‘What emerges is a bigger, broader picture - a new world of pop in its birth throes.’
    • ‘Dookeran has been brought back for one reason: to shore up the image of a flagging party and a leader who is in his political death throes.’
    • ‘Bolli's vocal trick is to stand in another room yowling as if in her death throes.’
    • ‘Unable to bear the death throes of her love affair, she becomes by turns desperate and tenacious, acting out with unbridled fury.’
    • ‘Independent cinema in its various guises isn't in its death throes yet.’
    • ‘Cheney says this insurgency is in its last throes.’
    • ‘His words of "Love your enemies", carefully cross-cut against his prayers for the tormentors forgiveness during his throes on the cross is a powerful piece of editing work.’
    • ‘This was the era when Cubism was in its birth throes, when Picasso and Braque were embarking on an artistic revolution.’
    • ‘If you look at what the dictionary says about throes, it can still be a violent period - the throes of a revolution.’
    • ‘The video ends with the hanging of the Preacher, the final shot showing his legs twitching in their death throes.’
    • ‘Perhaps what is said here does just represent the death throes of an ideology whose day is done.’
    • ‘If the first world war forged Hitler's character and politics, it was the death throes of the French empire in Algiers that made Le Pen the man he is today.’
    • ‘What is key to the current world, Wallerstein argues, is that we are now witnessing the death throes of the world system itself.’
    • ‘And in the continuing fiasco of the new parliament building, I see the death throes of another proud Scottish archetype.’
    • ‘For some Newsom had the voice of a heavenly creature; for others she sounded like a whiny but tenacious cat in the throes of death.’
    agony, pain, paroxysm, pangs, suffering, torture, torment, anguish, distress, hardship, struggle
    travail
    excruciation
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Origin

Middle English throwe (singular); perhaps related to Old English thrēa, thrawu calamity influenced by thrōwian suffer.

Pronunciation:

throes

/THrōz/