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    pain, ache, pang, stitch, throes, twinge

    Dear teachers,

    There are a few words which denote a sensation of severe physical discomfort: abdominal pain; aches in my leg; the pangs of a cramped muscle; a stitch in my side; the throes of dying; a twinge of arthritis.

    Would you be kind enough explain to me the special feature of the mentioned above terms in bold?

    There are further examples concerning the matter in question.

    She felt a sharp pain in her back.
    I have pains in my side.
    He found her suffering great pain and about to be removed to a hospital.
    He felt a sharp pain when the needle touched his skin.
    He felt a dull ache in one’s bones.
    ..she got up.. hardly able to endure the racking ache which now seemed continually an element of her being.
    I feel a sharp pang if I touch an aching tooth.
    a pain in the knee
    a pain in the back
    an ache in one’s bones
    an ache in one’s limbs
    There was a dull ache in his bones as he sat in the unheaten room.
    The ache over his brows was intolerable.
    pangs in the belly
    throes in the belly
    The throes of a mortal and painful disorder.
    a twinge in one’s side
    But after a day or two …he was with the same old nasty twinge in his kidneys.
    a stitch in one’s side
    He ran until he got a stitch in the side.
    a twing in the heart
    a stitch in the heart
    a twinge of gout
    the throes of seasickness

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: pain, ache, pang, stitch, throes, twinge

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    There are a few words which denote a sensation of severe physical discomfort: abdominal pain; aches in my leg; the pangs of a cramped muscle; a stitch in my side; the throes of dying; a twinge of arthritis.

    Most of these are not "severe" physical discomfort, apart from pain.

    Pain =
    a somatic sensation of acute discomfort

    Ache is a dull pain, often chronic.
    Pangs implies short sharp pain
    A stitch is the specific form of cramp in the abdomen following extreme exertion. Usually sharp - hence the word "stitch".
    Twinge - short sensation which is not usually intense

    Throes of dying has no physical meaning = it is the process of dying.

    Would you be kind enough explain to me the special feature of the mentioned above terms in bold?

    There are further examples concerning the matter in question.

    She felt a sharp pain in her back.
    I have pains in my side.
    He found her suffering great pain and about to be removed to a hospital.
    He felt a sharp pain when the needle touched his skin.
    He felt a dull ache in one’s bones.
    ..she got up.. hardly able to endure the racking ache which now seemed continually an element of her being.
    I feel a sharp pang if I touch an aching tooth.
    a pain in the knee
    a pain in the back
    an ache in one’s bones
    an ache in one’s limbs
    There was a dull ache in his bones as he sat in the unheaten room.
    The ache over his brows was intolerable.
    pangs in the belly
    throes in the belly
    The throes of a mortal and painful disorder.
    a twinge in one’s side
    But after a day or two …he was with the same old nasty twinge in his kidneys.
    a stitch in one’s side
    He ran until he got a stitch in the side.
    a twing in the heart
    a stitch in the heart
    a twinge of gout
    the throes of seasickness

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.
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    Re: pain, ache, pang, stitch, throes, twinge

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your effort to satisfy my curiosity. Thank you for your detail explanation for every one of the mentioned in my post synonyms.

    Much to my regret I beg to differ with your questionable statement.”Most of these are not "severe" physical discomfort, apart from pain.

    There are my definitions of "throe" and "twinge" which walk past each other with yours one.
    throe = a severe pang or spasm of pain, as in childbirth.(or throes = a condition of agonizing struggle or trouble as in throes in dying)
    twinge = a sharp, sudden physical pain, a sensation of physical discomfort occurring as the result of disease or injury


    throe: Definition, Synonyms and Much More from Answers.com
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    Re: pain, ache, pang, stitch, throes, twinge

    A twinge is a short and sharp pain, not usually intense and very short-lived. Is is, as the dictionary indicates, a discomfort, and rarely a true and intense pain such as that of a deep cut.

    Throes does not mean pain. Throes can be anything in which you are struggling to do something or cope with something. - I am in the throes of composition; He is in the throes of indecision; The country is in the throes of massive social changes; The company is in the throes of a takeover.

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    #5

    Re: pain, ache, pang, stitch, throes, twinge

    People also will say that a pain is 'just a twinge' as a way of reassuring people that it is not a serious pain.

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    Re: pain, ache, pang, stitch, throes, twinge

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you again for your detail closing directions.

    I give way to your knowledge and experience.

    Thank you for your endurance.

    Regards.

    V.

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