Part of speech: noun

A violent pang or pain.

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Usage examples "throe":

  1. The tenderness in Hartley's tones was genuine, and the heart of Irene leaped to his voice with a responsive throe. - "After the Storm", T. S. Arthur.
  2. The world seemed to wait there with a throe of hope subsiding to an interval of despair. - "A Republic Without a President and Other Stories", Herbert Ward.
  3. It is my belief that this stretch of smooth ice has never, never felt one shock, or stir, or throe, and reaches right down to the bottom of the deep. - "The Purple Cloud", M.P. Shiel.