strained adjective \ˈstrānd\
: feeling or showing the effect of too much work, use, effort, etc.
: not natural and sincere
: not friendly and relaxed
: done or produced with excessive effort
: pushed by antagonism near to open conflict <strained relations>
Examples of STRAINED
- He made a strained attempt at being polite.
- <I took the complaint manager's strained smile to mean I wasn't a welcome sight.>
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Related to STRAINED
- affected, assumed, bogus, contrived, factitious, fake, false, feigned, forced, mechanical, mock, phony (also phoney), plastic, pretended, pseudo, put-on, sham, simulated, spurious, artificial, unnatural
- artless, genuine, natural, spontaneous, unaffected, uncontrived, unfeigned, unforced
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