\ˈpānd \

Definition of pained 

1 : feeling pain : hurt

2 : expressing or involving pain a pained expression with pained surprise

Examples of pained in a Sentence

She wore a pained expression on her face. He truly looked pained when he heard the news.

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There were twists and lifts but within the language, and that made sense to me as a poet but also maybe especially now with all the commotion in my brain, making the inside of my head such a pained, misshapen place. Diane Mehta, Longreads, "Letter to a Dog Walking Service," 10 Feb. 2018 Swank's performance is effective but Bridget's pained earnest quality gets a little tiresome. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'What They Had': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 23 Jan. 2018 England has a pained relationship with big tournaments and with its national team. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "22 years later, the weight of the world is off England's shoulders," 3 July 2018 In the days since New Jersey got the legal go-ahead to bulk up its coffers with sports betting, the urgent job of the major sports leagues has been to simulate pained acceptance of the inevitability of gambling. Holman Jenkins, WSJ, "Gambling Is Coming, So Get Ready to Hate Sports," 18 May 2018 The arrival of a young immigrant named Inna (Rae Gray), bearing a photo of a mystery woman standing in front of the building years earlier, stirs pained memories of the daughter Renia left behind. James Hebert,, "A struggle to cling to identity is at heart of La Jolla Playhouse's quietly moving 'Queens'," 10 July 2018 As the horn sounded, Mavs guard Rolando Blackman approached Harper with a pained look on his face. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Before J.R. Smith there was Derek Harper," 1 June 2018 James is customarily good -- and pained -- striking out on his own, and has nice chemistry with Dillahunt, a cowboy type who provides a more expressive counterweight to his clenched persona. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Fear the Walking Dead' gets major makeover with Morgan's arrival," 13 Apr. 2018 More: Author David Sedaris has no regrets over joke about smothering Trump in his crib Inevitably, that penchant for exaggeration leads to Donald Trump, and pained reflections on the 2016 election. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "'Calypso': David Sedaris shines in tales of family, loss and a favorite turtle," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of pained

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pained was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of pained

: appearing upset, sad, worried, etc.

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