- 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
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Examples from the Web for pangs
Exploring the pangs of this tumultuous relationship is what most attracted Kent to this project.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year
November 30, 2014
Nostalgic pangs aside, it would also be a semi-admittance by LeBron that he made a mistake way back when.Where Free Agent LeBron James Will Take His Talents Next
June 24, 2014
Even the most astute observer of the healthiest lifestyle can fall victim to the pangs of weather-related headaches.Why Everything from Frigid Temperatures to Lightning Can Induce Migraines
January 8, 2014
So when the pangs of “twist” (hunger) make Oliver ask for more, Mr. Limkins predicts “that boy will be hung” (will “twist”).What’s in a Name? Writers and Their Anthroponymy
February 28, 2013
The book also captures all the pangs the editor of a letter collection encounters.Book Bag: The Best Letter Collections
R. Blakeslee Gilpin
December 18, 2012
Their sighs make thee laugh, and their pangs are thy merriment!Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
He ignores honesty and conscience, and pangs of remorse are unknown to him.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
He had slept and no longer felt the pangs of hunger, but was dizzy and confused.
He had felt hungry in the casemate, and the pangs of hunger had never since left him.
Pascal, who suffered the pangs of death because he was alone!Doctor Pascal
- a sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger
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.
- A sudden sharp spasm of pain.