a sudden sharp stab of pain
2 : a moral or emotional pang
a twinge of conscience
a twinge of sympathy
Scott, Janny. “Here, Poverty And Privilege Are Neighbors; Income Gaps Are a Source Of Resentment and Guilt.
“Mary-Powel Thomas a former magazine editor who moved from the upper West Side nine years ago because she and her husband could afford to buy a house in Boerum Hill said she too sometimes feels a twinge of embarrassment about living situations”