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1857, from a- (1) + throb. Related: Athrobbing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The splendour of the sunset was in his soul and the world was athrob with joy.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon
  • Tingling in every nerve, athrob with an emotion new and inexplicable, she drew a long slow breath and turned her head away.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • From where they sat they could see Manti—Manti, alive, athrob, its newly-come hundreds busy as ants with their different pursuits.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Her chin was held high, and beneath the thin brown skin of the throat the veins were athrob.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge

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