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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PANG

Here the pang suddenly struck her; she was not so numb, after all!

She could never have believed she could have felt such a pang.

There was a pride in the statement with regard to which my first feeling was a pang of envy.

A pang as of death went through her at the thought that she had not spoken.

If there was a pang, Betty pretended to herself that there was none.

A pang of remorse came to Hilda as she touched her brother's strong arm.

And what a pang for a poor creature to go off like that without a word, a caress.

Close by the path across the field to the road stood the Pang apple-tree.

Then he turned back again, and, just at the doorstep, paused with a pang at his heart.

Lisarda, however, continued, unconscious of the pang she had inflicted.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, "sudden physical pain," of unknown origin, perhaps related to prong (prongys of deth is recorded from mid-15c.). Reference to mental or emotional pain is from 1560s. Related: Pangs.

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