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agony column

noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of agony column

First recorded in 1860–65
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Historical Examples

  • 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

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