agony column



a section or column in a newspaper containing advertisements by individuals seeking missing relatives or lost pets or possessions, announcing the end of a marriage, etc.

Nearby words

  1. agonize,
  2. agonized,
  3. agonizing,
  4. agony,
  5. agony aunt,
  6. agony uncle,
  7. agora,
  8. agoraphobia,
  9. agoraphobic,
  10. agostini

Origin of agony column

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for agony column

  • On Friday, there was a rush for the Écho de France and the agony-column on the fifth page was scanned with feverish eyes.

    The Blonde Lady|Maurice Leblanc

British Dictionary definitions for agony column

agony column


a magazine or newspaper feature in which advice is offered to readers who have sent in letters about their personal problems
a part of a newspaper containing advertisements for lost relatives, personal messages, etc
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