hurt feelings

plural noun

: unhappiness or sadness caused by someone's words or actions
His behavior at the party caused a lot of hurt feelings.

Examples of hurt feelings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though there were some hurt feelings at the time, the three women have stayed in touch. Lisa Tozzi, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2023 By being applied universally, that rule was meant to avoid hurt feelings — the kind that inevitably follow when one husband is accused of bad manners or bad morals. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 But the Scalise meltdown is almost entirely the product of petty rivalries and hurt feelings. The Editors, National Review, 13 Oct. 2023 Hurt and Confused Dear Hurt: Please, don’t question your own hurt feelings. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2023 No hurt feelings, maybe, but no surprises, either, and nothing to learn from anyone. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2023 General Daily Insight for July 30, 2023 A lack of clarity can lead to hurt feelings. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 30 July 2023 This is causing a lot of arguments and hurt feelings. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 27 July 2023 By standing down, there’s no contact and no chances for arguments, hurt feelings or drama. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 16 May 2023 See More

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“Hurt feelings.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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