pang

[pang]
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; origin uncertain


1, 2. twinge, ache, throb, prick, stab.
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pang (pæŋ)
 
n
a sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger
 
[C16: variant of earlier prange, of Germanic origin]

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

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Example sentences
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.
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