- 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 pang
If Barack Obama—or any of his other senior aides—felt a pang about the departure of Axe and Gibbs, they did not show it.No Drama Obama’s Dramatic 2012 Reelection Campaign
September 12, 2013
I felt a pang of shame—it was time to take my sons to Africa.Peter Godwin on How to Take Your Kids on an African Safari
Condé Nast Traveler
June 4, 2013
As he moved into view, he must have felt a pang of anxiety, even fear.The Day the Sea Ran Red: The Battle of Sluys
May 6, 2013
It is impossible to watch the 'fillers' at work without feeling a pang of envy for their toughness.Thatcher's Economic Legacy
April 8, 2013
Viewers catching up with The Julian Assange Show may now experience a reality-TV buzz followed by a pang of anxiety.I Love the Julian Assange Show!
July 3, 2012
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.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
There was a pride in the statement with regard to which my first feeling was a pang of envy.The Conquest of Fear
A pang as of death went through her at the thought that she had not spoken.Weighed and Wanting
If there was a pang, Betty pretended to herself that there was none.The Incomplete Amorist
- a sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger
Word Origin and History for pang
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.