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pang

[pang]
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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.
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Origin of pang

First recorded in 1495–1505; origin uncertain

Synonyms

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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

noun
  1. a sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger
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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

(păng)
n.
  1. A sudden sharp spasm of pain.
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