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Definition of pang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brief piercing spasm of pain the pangs of childbirth
2 : a sharp attack of mental anguish pangs of remorse a pang of guilt a pang of disappointment


panged; panging; pangs

Definition of pang (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to have pangs : torment

Synonyms for pang

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pang in a Sentence

Noun those hunger pangs that strike you in the middle of the afternoon
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For a moment, that thought gave me a pang of betrayal. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 But there was also a pang in the pit of my stomach. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 17 Dec. 2021 Nonetheless, there will surely be a pang of regret felt at Old Trafford if Lingard, Martial and van de Beek all go on to shine for another club having struggled so badly for Manchester United. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Yet for all of Anderson’s effort to place his film in a New York free of modern markers, one pang of recognition was unintended but unavoidable. New York Times, 14 Dec. 2021 New Year’s Day 2021 started with a pang of sadness for Aida Bueno. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Shiv, who leads the siblings’ charge, feels a pang of envy that their dad has kept her brother closer all season and moves to sweet-talk him in the room. Hunter Harris, Vulture, 13 Dec. 2021 One wonders whether the seafarers were drawn as much by a subconscious pang of obligation as by the ethereality of the music. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2021 There’s my family, brave and resilient and hurting with the constant pang of distance. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Its sonic trappings are in vogue, but thanks in large part to front-woman Fox Rodemich’s memorable voice, which pangs around the record like a cave bellow, there’s an outlying classic quality to these songs. Dylan Owens, The Know, 16 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of pang


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1502, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pang


origin unknown

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30 Apr 2022

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“Pang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of pang

: a sudden sharp feeling of physical pain or emotion hunger pangs a pang or guilt


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Medical Definition of pang

: a brief piercing spasm of pain — see birth pang, hunger pangs

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