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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ACHED

If Hetty could have been transported to the spot, how would her heart have ached!

And how often have I longed and ached to hear from my dear old dad again!

Her heart ached at the word, ached with the longing for rest and peace.

But though he ached with fatigue from neck to heel, there was no sleep for him.

At last I was able to open my eyes, which ached as if needles had been stuck into them.

It seemed to come closer to her, and to fill an emptiness that ached in her heart.

She longed to be free from her own body, which ached and was so heavy.

He had his thoughts, thoughts that set his jaws till they ached.

It throbbed in his temples, ached to the ends of his toes, set his body aflame with it.

But in those days of reading-classes her heart had not ached.

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.

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