agony column

noun

Definition of agony column

1 chiefly British : a newspaper column of personal advertisements relating especially to missing relatives or friends
2 chiefly British : a newspaper column that includes letters from readers seeking personal advice and the columnist's replies

Examples of agony column in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Years later, Paul settles down alone in the countryside to run something called the Frogworth Valley Artisanal Cheese Company and acquires a taste for reading lachrymose agony columns in the local newspaper. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2018 Years later, Paul settles down alone in the countryside to run something called the Frogworth Valley Artisanal Cheese Company and acquires a taste for reading lachrymose agony columns in the local newspaper. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of agony column

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Agony column.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agony%20column. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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