ach·​ing·​ly | \ ˈā-kiŋ-lē How to pronounce achingly (audio) \

Definition of achingly

1 : in an aching manner achingly sad songs
2 : extremely, exceedingly achingly complicated

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Recent Examples on the Web And moreover, Abby and Chris' achingly sweet relationship provides an organic home for those teachable moments, which mostly exist in their communication with each other. NBC News, "Rising star Theo Germaine's next act is Showtime's 'Work in Progress'," 6 Dec. 2019 By all accounts, the character assassination of the real-life Richard Jewell was achingly plain and unjust. Katie Hasty,, "Clint Eastwood only hurt himself with Richard Jewell’s worst cliché," 17 Dec. 2019 There are strong performances throughout, especially Jharrel Jerome’s Emmy-winning, achingly transformative turn as Korey Wise, whose incarceration was longest and most brutal. Washington Post, "Best TV shows of 2019: ‘Watchmen,’ ‘When They See Us,’ ‘Unbelievable,’ ‘Succession’ and more," 9 Dec. 2019 In performance, the 32-year-old can appear achingly vulnerable. Washington Post, "Cynthia Erivo on becoming Harriet Tubman," 31 Oct. 2019 The achingly slow talks on the next MFF might be considered the painful transition between the old world and the new one. The Economist, "Neither dignified nor efficient," 24 Oct. 2019 Their interactions are achingly rushed, emphasizing a sense that their time together is limited. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Olive Kitteridge Faces Old Age and New Misadventures in Sequel Olive, Again," 3 Oct. 2019 Denk’s technique and emotive capabilities were both on full display in the achingly yearning work, all sections of the ensemble in simpatico collaboration with the soloist. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Denk, SPCO launch season with exquisitely aching Schumann," 14 Sep. 2019 This too: The movie’s strongest awards assets are its actors — Jordan, Foxx and the excellent Rob Morgan, who delivers an achingly effective turn as another one of Stevenson’s death row clients. Los Angeles Times, "Toronto Film Festival cheers ‘Just Mercy’ as Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan enter the Oscar race," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of achingly was in 1765

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18 Jan 2020

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“Achingly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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