agony column

noun

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

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of agony column was in 1854

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“Agony column.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agony%20column. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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