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aching

[ey-king] /ˈeɪ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing physical pain or distress:
treatment for an aching back.
2.
full of or precipitating nostalgia, grief, loneliness, etc.
Origin of aching
1200-1250
1200-1250; Middle English; see ache, -ing2
Related forms
achingly, adverb
unaching, adjective
unachingly, adverb
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  • In these days his religious faith was not slumbering; it was awake and achingly conscious of having fallen in a struggle.

  • Of the hushed rise of the dawn, the first flush of the sun that was so achingly lovely on the desert.

  • Then they rested for a few moments and drank some of the achingly cold water from the tank and got up and went to the viewport.

    The Graveyard of Space Milton Lesser
  • The dew soaked Evelyn's thin dress, and she felt hungry and achingly tired.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • Pixie was alone, more helplessly, achingly alone than she had been in her life.

    The Love Affairs of Pixie Mrs George de Horne Vaizey

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