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pang

[pang] /pæŋ/
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 of pang
1495-1505
First recorded in 1495-1505; origin uncertain
Synonyms
1, 2. twinge, ache, throb, prick, stab.
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  • Here the pang suddenly struck her; she was not so numb, after all!

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • She could never have believed she could have felt such a pang.

  • There was a pride in the statement with regard to which my first feeling was a pang of envy.

  • A pang as of death went through her at the thought that she had not spoken.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • If there was a pang, Betty pretended to herself that there was none.

British Dictionary definitions for pang

pang

/pæŋ/
noun
1.
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 pang
n.

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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pang in Medicine

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

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