\ ˈchärjd How to pronounce charged (audio) \

Definition of charged

1 : possessing or showing strong emotion attacked the author in a highly charged review
2 : capable of arousing strong emotion a politically charged subject also : exciting a highly charged palette of bold colors
3 : having an amount of electricity charged particles

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Examples of charged in a Sentence

The singer gave an emotionally charged interview. an abstract expressionist who uses a palette of charged colors to great effect
Recent Examples on the Web There was a charged atmosphere throughout the contest. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "‘Where’s your passport?’ chant breaks out at prep basketball game in Santa Maria," 12 Feb. 2020 But the night takes a turn when a racist, highly charged police officer pulls them over for a small traffic violation. Gina Cherelus, New York Times, "What ‘Queen & Slim’ Gets Right About Black Women," 29 Nov. 2019 The emotionally charged courtroom saga — which similarly involved a white officer who fatally shot Jean, an unarmed black man, in his home — drew nationwide attention when a jury convicted Guyger of murder and sentenced her to 10 years in prison. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot woman in her own home has resigned, faces criminal charges, police say," 14 Oct. 2019 His intricate, complex, precise, visually and emotionally charged words sound great as presented in his dive into the disturbing world of the film at hand. Los Angeles Times, "Calendar Feedback Sun., Oct. 13, 2019," 11 Oct. 2019 After a strong festival run, look for this emotionally charged drama to surprise the Oscar world in multiple category. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Fall Movie Preview: 41 flicks you’ll want to see from 'Joker to ‘Rise of Skywalker’," 4 Oct. 2019 One of the darkest episodes in the conflict, the massacre of civilians became a charged symbol of American abuses and prompted a rethinking of American reliance on contractors in war zones. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Defiant Former Blackwater Contractor Again Sentenced to Life," 14 Aug. 2019 Strange frozen figures, as though struck by lightning, create a mysterious, emotionally charged mood. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, "The Rivalry Between Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Sister Ida," 4 Sep. 2019 Accuracy was of paramount importance for such a charged and contemporary setting, says Janocko. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "‘Orange Is the New Black’ production designer on recreating ICE facilities for final season," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of charged

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of charged was in 1934

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24 Feb 2020

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“Charged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of charged

technical : having an amount of electricity
: showing or causing strong feelings

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