- causing physical pain or distress: treatment for an aching back.
- full of or precipitating nostalgia, grief, loneliness, etc.
Origin of aching
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Examples from the Web for achingly
The worth of Death of a King lies in its story, succinctly and achingly told.Tavis Smiley Humanely Chronicles MLK’s Sad Last Year
October 16, 2014
The dissolution of their relationship plays out in the achingly poignant duet "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"‘Frozen’ Is the Best Disney Film Since ‘The Lion King’
November 25, 2013
It tries for progressiveness and ends up being ... achingly middle of the road.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon
July 16, 2013
In contrast, Gråbøl makes Lund achingly believable, with all the complexities and frailties of real life.Sofie Gråbøl, Star of ‘Forbrydelsen,’ on Sarah Lund, ‘The Killing,’ and Season 3
November 16, 2012
It has lost some of its ungainly enthusiasm, its sloppy joy, its achingly self-conscious hipster attitude.The Look That Defined Fashion Week
September 16, 2011
Of the hushed rise of the dawn, the first flush of the sun that was so achingly lovely on the desert.
In these days his religious faith was not slumbering; it was awake and achingly conscious of having fallen in a struggle.Felix Holt, The Radical
The crystals sang softly, achingly, to a silver sun in an emerald sky.Felony
The box goes up to the attic, and the parent blows a faint diminuendo, achingly prolonged, on a toy horn.Plum Pudding
She put her hand above her burning eyes and forcibly closed the lids that remained so achingly open.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann