agony column

  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.

Origin of agony column

First recorded in 1860–65

Words Nearby agony column Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use agony column in a sentence

  • Reynolds wrote an agony column, “Susan Chester Heart-to-Heart Letters,” for the Brooklyn Eagle.

  • As everybody knows, the agony column of a daily paper is not actually so domestic as it seems.

    Once a Week | Alan Alexander Milne
  • I read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column.

  • It is my habit to read the “agony column” (as it is flippantly called), the second column in the outer sheet of the Times.

    In the Wrong Paradise | Andrew Lang
  • This string of intimate messages, popularly known as the agony column, has long been an honored institution in the English press.

    The Agony Column | Earl Derr Biggers
  • At this point West's strawberries arrived and even the agony column could not hold his interest.

    The Agony Column | Earl Derr Biggers

British Dictionary definitions for agony column

agony column

  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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