achingly

adverb
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 By burrowing within the brutal propaganda of apartheid, Hermanus, in his intensely expressive, achingly sorrowful fourth film, has captured a mean machinery at work – one that still abides, long after the end of apartheid. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "In ‘Moffie,’ brutal intolerance in ’80s South Africa," 9 Apr. 2021 By burrowing within the brutal propaganda of apartheid, Hermanus, in his intensely expressive, achingly sorrowful fourth film, has captured a mean machinery at work — one that still abides, long after the end of apartheid. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Review: In 'Moffie,' brutal intolerance in '80s South Africa," 7 Apr. 2021 Just as Maryland’s dreams of NCAA glory inched achingly closer, Texas gave something the No. 2 seed Terps nearly forgot. Defeat. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Texas stuns No. 2 seed Maryland, 64-61, in Sweet 16 of NCAA women’s basketball tournament," 28 Mar. 2021 The daily realities of the pandemic have become achingly clear. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "Meet Gen C, the Covid generation," 11 Mar. 2021 In fact, in our current pandemic lives, to read of gatherings for potlucks and parades is not only achingly nostalgic but refreshing, encouraging with ideas of what communities and community support are and can be. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward author’s debut novel sings of a year in a small seaside Alaska town," 6 Mar. 2021 In a powerful scene from the film, Day finally performs the (still achingly poignant) song after witnessing a lynching. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Andra Day tapped into legendary jazz singer's ‘trauma’ in ‘United States vs. Billie Holiday’," 25 Feb. 2021 The three mesmerizing Vermeers, for example, hang close to Rembrandt’s majestic Polish Rider and his achingly poignant late self-portrait. Phyllis Tuchman, Town & Country, "The Frick Collection's New Home Away from Home," 25 Jan. 2021 Thankfully, the story sticks to the ending scripted by writer Callie Khouri, a bold, feminist-minded, and achingly sincere finale that highlights the strength of the bond between these women. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Achingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/achingly. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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