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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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  • Their sighs make thee laugh, and their pangs are thy merriment!

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

  • He ignores honesty and conscience, and pangs of remorse are unknown to him.

  • 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

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for pangs

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 pangs

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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pangs in Medicine

pang

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