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pang

[pang] /pæŋ/
noun
1.
a sudden feeling of mental or emotional distress or longing:
a pang of remorse; a pang of desire.
2.
a sudden, brief, sharp pain or physical sensation; spasm:
hunger pangs.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; origin uncertain
Synonyms
1, 2. twinge, ache, throb, prick, stab.
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Examples for pang
  • Indeed, the pang of an avoidable loss lingers longer than the rush of an expected victory.
  • In his hands, that jagged figure becomes a pang of unease.
British Dictionary definitions for pang

pang

/pæŋ/
noun
1.
a sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger
Word Origin
C16: variant of earlier prange, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for pang
pang
1526, "sudden physical pain," of unknown origin, perhaps related to prong (prongys of deth is recorded from 1447). Ref. to mental pain is from 1570.
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pang in Medicine

pang (pāng)
n.
A sudden sharp spasm of pain.

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