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birth pangs


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n birth pangs a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth
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In literature:

SOCRATES: These are the pangs of labour, my dear Theaetetus; you have something within you which you are bringing to the birth.
"Theaetetus" by Plato
Every such pang in a holy heart is a death-pang of another sin and a birth-pang of another grace.
"Bunyan Characters (Second Series)" by Alexander Whyte
It is decreed of mothers that their birth pangs shall not cease until they die.
"The Country House" by John Galsworthy
Sometimes I think they were like the first birth-pangs of a woman who is going to be a mother.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
Is the agony in which the world is shuddering the birth-pang of some wondrous new era?
"Rilla of Ingleside" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
It was as if the weight and the striving within her had been the pangs of some birth.
"Christmas" by Zona Gale
Anyhow they escaped the pangs of a passage through the printing press and need fear no birth into this vale of woe.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
And at the memory of his voice she felt a little pricking, wounding pain under her eyelids, the birth-pang of unwilling tears.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Success let others teach; learn thou from me Pangs without birth, and fruitless industry.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
I sank into a chair and bowed my head in my hands, my soul torn by the pangs of a new birth.
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
The winged Psyche, even at the moment of birth, is sick with the pangs of dissolution.
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
Europe had trembled with the birth-pangs of freedom.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
From sorrow's pang, the birth of endless joy.
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
The birth-pangs have not hurt you.
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
This is not the place to enter more fully into this spiritual question now struggling in the pangs of its birth.
"The Romance of the Canoness" by Paul Heyse
The birth of her child, though it brought another pang of torture, proved perhaps the means of preserving reason.
"Menotah" by Ernest G. Henham
He can only study the trend of things and "alleviate the birth-pangs" of the new time.
"Socialism and Democracy in Europe" by Samuel P. Orth
Over there is the long mirror which will presently begin to stir and reflect the birth-pangs of light.
"House of Torment" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
My wife lies in the pangs of child-birth; the issues of life and death depend on the next five minutes.
"'Midst the Wild Carpathians" by Mór Jókai
About four or five months he continued in the pangs of the new birth.
"The Little Gleaner, Vol. X." by Various

In poetry:

"Thine own is the choice to hail once more
The soil of thy father's birth,
Or to sleep, when thy lingering pangs are o'er
Forgotten in foreign earth."
"The Troubadour And Richard Coeur De Lion" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Lucifer. And, Gismon, thou, to woman when he said,
That with the pangs of birth
She should produce her offspring, say what meaning
Lurked in that new expression to bring forth?
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 4." by William Cowper
Through viewless valves embodied so –
Till daylight, the expulsion and awakening,
The riving and the driving forth,
Life with remorseless forceps beckoning –
Pangs and betrayal of harsh birth.
"Sleep" by Kenneth Slessor

In news:

The birth pangs of independence.
The birth pangs of a new L.A. By any other name.
"There is no way around the simple fact that before a new soul can emerge the old soul first has to go through a few nasty little birth pangs," says the author.

In science:

The OC1 session opened with the talk of Brian Keating, appropriately entitled “The Birth Pangs of the Big Bang in the Light of BICEP”.
Primordial Gravitational Waves and Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation