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  • a  pertaining to or associated with agony (especially death agonies)

  • His respirations had become agonal--the gulping kind of breathing movement that immediately precedes death.
  • From the bloodshed in Beijing to the political paralysis in Poland, efforts to shed hard-line systems are provoking agonal gasps that are at turns cheering and frightening.
  • When I see him, I get the sense of an 'agonal gasp.

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