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ache

[ eyk ]SEE DEFINITION OF ache
  • nounsore feeling; dull pain
  • verbfeeling soreness or dull pain, often physical

Synonyms for ache

  • anguish
  • misery
  • pang
  • soreness
  • spasm
  • twinge
  • hurt
  • pounding
  • smarting
  • suffering
  • throb
  • throbbing
  • throe
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Antonyms for ache

  • happiness
  • joy
  • comfort
  • ease
  • health
  • relief
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ACHE

She had dreaded her loneliness with the ache that is despair; but she was not lonely any more.

It made his eyes yearn for the sight of her with an ache that was physical.

For my own part I was now feeling the ache of numerous and severe bruises.

Many years ago she died, but the ache comes back now, as I think of her.

"Your father is nothing but an ache and a stound to you, lass," Sim would say in a whimper.

I'd be nothing but an ache and a stound to the lass, as I've olas been—nothing but an ache and a stound to them all.

Philip's own throat rose at the sight, and his breast began to ache.

Her head began to ache, as it always did when a serious conversation was at hand.

I rose and stretched myself with an ache of luxurious languor.

You are the only man I have ever loved so much that it was an ache.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English acan "to ache, suffer pain," from Proto-Germanic *akanan, perhaps from a PIE root *ag-es- "fault, guilt," represented also in Sanskrit and Greek, perhaps imitative of groaning. The verb was pronounced "ake," the noun "ache" (as in speak/speech) but while the noun changed pronunciation to conform to the verb, the spelling of both was changed to ache c.1700 on a false assumption of a Greek origin (specifically Greek akhos "pain, distress," which is rather a distant relation of awe (n.)). Related: Ached; aching.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ACHE

ailment

nounmild sickness
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  • complaint
  • condition
  • disease
  • disorder
  • dose
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  • illness
  • indisposition
  • infirmity
  • malady
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bleed

verbgrieve
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