Pronunciation: (ag'ōn, -on, ä-gōn'),[key] —n., —pl.a•go•nesPronunciation: (u-gō'nēz).[key] 1. (in ancient Greece) a contest in which prizes were awarded in any of a number of events, as athletics, drama, music, poetry, and painting.
2. (italics) Greek. (in ancient Greek drama) a formalized debate or argumentation, esp. in comedy: usually following the proagon and preceding the parabasis. 3. Literature.conflict, esp. between the protagonist and the antagonist.