ach·ing·ly | \-lē \

Definition of achingly 

1 : in an aching manner achingly sad songs

2 : extremely, exceedingly achingly complicated

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The result is an achingly realistic portrait of a family and a community, whose hardships Zhao neither condescends to nor minimizes. Eliza Berman, Time, "Best Movies of 2018 So Far," 4 June 2018 Although the story is achingly sad, the correctional facility is filled with an eccentric, often extremely funny — and dangerous — cast. Time Staff, Time, "Best Novels of 2018 So Far," 11 June 2018 But oh, that music is achingly lovely, and so is Jack O’Brien’s somber direction, with the lurid lights of the carousel gleaming relentlessly out from between choreographer Justin Peck’s ever-moving dancers. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 But there are still scenes that are achingly beautiful. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 29 May 2018 Salty, crunchy objects littered over wet mounds of something achingly delicious, with sauce, with sauce, with sauce. Ben Marcus, The New Yorker, "Stay Down and Take It," 19 May 2018 Even bluesy entr’actes, though achingly sung and strummed by Martin Luther McCoy, only sentimentalize and downplay a story that wants to stretch upward. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Suzan-Lori Parks’ Civil War-era myth becomes ours in ACT’s ‘Father Comes Home’," 2 May 2018 Maybe that's why Mayfield dropped that achingly beautiful photo on his Twitter account Wednesday night simulating Brett Favre's jean shorts draft day pose from 1991. Doug Lesmerises,, "Baker Mayfield, sneaking up on the football world again: NFL Draft 2018," 26 Apr. 2018 The recovery has been so achingly slow and uneven that, on the second day of the series, the entire island was blacked out for a time. Bill Shaikin,, "Three up, three down: Bartolo Colon is back, Bryan Price paid the price for Reds' failures," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of achingly

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for achingly

aching + -ly entry 2

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