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, "He’s 19. She’s 48 and Married. When They Play Doubles Tennis, It’s a Match.," 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, "He’s 19. She’s 48 and Married. When They Play Doubles Tennis, It’s a Match.," 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 25 Oct. 2020.

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