pang

A pang is a sharp jab or an intense hurt that comes on suddenly. If you've felt an all-of-a-sudden, deep sadness that seems to hit you even in the back of the eyes, you've probably had a pang of emotion over a loss or a tragic story.

You can feel a physical pain or pang right when you get hurt, or you might suffer a pang of guilt that keeps popping up if you don't own up to something bad. Pang sounds close to pain, and it is pain, but it has a sharper edge — it's intense and comes on fast. A childbirth pain often is called a pang, because it's such a unique type of hurting. Having a pang of regret can be almost as sharp.

DEFINITIONS OF: pang

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n a sudden sharp feeling

pangs of regret”
Synonyms:
stab, twinge
Types:
guilt pang
pangs of feeling guilty
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n a sharp spasm of pain

Types:
birth pangs, labor pains, labour pains
a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth
afterpains
pains felt by a woman after her baby is born; associated with contractions of the uterus
Type of:
hurting, pain
a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

n a mental pain or distress

“a pang of conscience”
Synonyms:
sting
Type of:
hurting, pain
a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
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