Definition of "pang" []

  • A sudden sharp spasm of pain. See Synonyms at pain. (noun)
  • A sudden sharp feeling of emotional distress. (noun)
  • To cause to feel pangs; distress acutely. (verb-transitive)
  • A sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger (noun)

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Use "pang" in a sentence
  • "The pang is over, his sufferings are at an end for ever."
  • "I tried to sway her by employing a string of Chinese proverbs, the expression pang guang zhe qing, or “the bystander sees more clearly” being a case in point."
  • "Julia felt a certain pang at the thought of judgment being passed so lightly upon all those months or years of hard authorial labour."