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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Examples of achingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The stakes are incredibly high and the pain the athletes face to make feels achingly familiar. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Cheer on Netflix Is Over (For Now): Here's What You Should Watch Next," 3 Feb. 2020 Baker never won a World Series as a manager, coming achingly close with the 2002 San Francisco Giants, who came eight outs away from a championship. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros introduce Dusty Baker as new manager," 30 Jan. 2020 Democrats feel achingly close to a majority in the Senate, where Republicans are defending a 20-19 edge with one vacancy. Washington Post, "Once a pariah among Virginia Democrats, Joe Morrissey is now the belle of the ball," 3 Oct. 2019 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

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Achingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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