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[pang] /pæŋ/
a sudden feeling of mental or emotional distress or longing:
a pang of remorse; a pang of desire.
a sudden, brief, sharp pain or physical sensation; spasm:
hunger pangs.
Origin of pang
1495-1505; origin uncertain
1, 2. twinge, ache, throb, prick, stab. Unabridged
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  • As well soil the glory of Lexington or Bunker Hill by brooding over the pangs of those who were its victims.

    The Arena Various
  • He had slept and no longer felt the pangs of hunger, but was dizzy and confused.

  • Nothing in me betrays the pangs of despair; I look brimful of confidence, of calm and serene hope.

  • He had felt hungry in the casemate, and the pangs of hunger had never since left him.

  • I was tormented by the pangs of remorse, and pursued by the phantom of ingratitude.

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for pangs


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 pangs



1520s, "sudden physical pain," of unknown origin, perhaps related to prong (prongys of deth is recorded from mid-15c.). Reference to mental or emotional pain is from 1560s. Related: Pangs.

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pangs in Medicine

pang (pāng)
A sudden sharp spasm of pain.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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