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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

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Synonyms for pang

Synonyms: Noun

ache, pain, prick, shoot, smart, sting, stitch, throe, tingle, twinge

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Examples of pang in a Sentence


those hunger pangs that strike you in the middle of the afternoon

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Normally, individuals determined to touch a cactus are rewarded with a sharp pang of pain. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Listen to the Sounds of Succulents at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden," 29 Aug. 2019 While as many as 20 percent of U.S. veterans of Afghanistan experience post-traumatic stress disorder, the contractors in Kishanganj seemed to suffer mostly from severe pangs of nostalgia. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Why these workers from India miss wartime Afghanistan," 21 Aug. 2019 Chastising XiuLi always leaves a shameful pang in my stomach. Steve Trumpeter,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: A Pamphlet for This," 20 July 2019 Social situations may bring out the pangs of jealousy in a partner, especially if someone makes you the target of their ardor. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for July 20, 2019: Happy birthday Sandra Oh; Capricorn, walk a fine line," 20 July 2019 So daily car commuters may love their rides, if with a pang of guilt. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Get to know the symbolism in your daily commute," 11 July 2019 But while the appeal of a lighter, brighter wardrobe is undeniable, those of us still cowering under the security blanket of sheer sleeve, lightweight cardigans, or ankle-grazing skirts may feel a few fleeting pangs of sartorial separation anxiety. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Where To Get The Best Spray Tan From Coast to Coast," 19 Apr. 2019 Joe Reed has a twinkle in his eye as Tony, but also lets the audience see the weight on his mind and the pangs of regret. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Outside Mullingar’: Mad Cow Theatre visits Irish countryside, with delightful results | Review," 26 June 2019 Read on for some of our favorite overwater bungalows around the world, and get ready for pangs of extreme wanderlust. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Beautiful Overwater Bungalows Around the World," 13 June 2019

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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, "The week in local albums: Shady Elders, Otis Taylor and Gasoline Lollipops," 16 Feb. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pang

: a sudden, strong feeling of physical or emotional pain


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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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