affliction, anguish, distress, misery, pain, pangs, suffering, throes, torment, torture, woe
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agony Agony is great physical or mental pain. n-uncount also N in pl
(=torment) She called out in agony...
agony aunt ( agony aunts plural ) An agony aunt is a person who writes a column in a newspaper or magazine in which they reply to readers who have written to them for advice on their personal problems.
in AM, use advice columnist
agony column ( agony columns plural ) In a British newspaper or magazine, the agony column contains letters from readers about their personal problems, and advice on what to do about them.
in AM, use advice column
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