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Word: throes

Definition: violent anguish


Sentences Containing 'throes'

There he sat, all alone, doubling himself up and writhing this way and that, in the throes of unappeasable laughter.
A. -LRB- After long hesitation and many throes and spasms.-RRB-
Often, when forced from his hammock by exhausting and intolerably vivid dreams of the night, which, resuming his own intense thoughts through the day, carried them on amid a clashing of phrensies, and whirled them round and round and round in his blazing brain, till the very throbbing of his life-spot became insufferable anguish; and when, as was sometimes the case, these spiritual throes in him heaved his being up from its base, and a chasm seemed opening in him, from which forked flames and lightnings shot up, and accursed fiends beckoned him to leap down among them; when this hell in himself yawned beneath him, a wild cry would be heard through the ship; and with glaring eyes Ahab would burst from his state room, as though escaping from a bed that was on fire.
Born in throes, 't is fit that man should live in pains and die in pangs!

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