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.
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How to use pang in a sentence
Watching the Olympics this year amid endless, compounding climate disasters has given me pangs of that pandemic-at-Disney-World feeling.Climate Disasters Are Making It Hard to Enjoy the Olympics. And I’m Not Sure I Want to, Anyway | Alejandro de la Garza | July 29, 2021 | Time
When I left my assistant role with the Director and finally went out into the field to execute the Bureau’s marching orders, I felt pangs of conscience.Working for J. Edgar Hoover, I Saw His Worst Excesses and Best Intentions | Paul Letersky | July 22, 2021 | Time
Ma’s fate sent pangs of anxiety through the tech ecosystem—as well as some relief.How China Is Cracking Down on Its Once Untouchable Tech Titans | Charlie Campbell / Shanghai | May 20, 2021 | Time
The moment was sweet, but a pang of vulnerability rose in my chest.My Pandemic Baby Is Pulling Us Out of Our Cozy Cave. But How Will the World See a Disabled Mother Like Me? | Rebekah Taussig | April 28, 2021 | Time
Much of quarantine was plagued with pangs of anxiety for people across the globe.Our familiar habits and rituals changed in 2020—hopefully forever | Ananya Bhattacharya | December 24, 2020 | Quartz
Winick and Ling still miss Zamora with a “sharp pang of grief.”
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 | Richard Wolffe | September 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
As he moved into view, he must have felt a pang of anxiety, even fear.
It is impossible to watch the 'fillers' at work without feeling a pang of envy for their toughness.
A pang, a bitterness that lasted for a day or for a year—and the gap would be filled again by some one else.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
The first true pang of grief shot through Ethel like a dart, stabbing and taking away her breath, "Where are they?"The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
"She may be hurt internally," spoke up Matt, feeling a pang of pity as he looked at the pale little face.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
It was either for them to suffer one sharp pang now, or to endure a greater dragging misery.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
Somehow it gave Lawrence a little pang to hear this, then he cast the thought out as unworthy.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for pang
a sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger
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