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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The relationships among the characters feel lived-in; the generational tension between a group of layabout teens, pulling inhumane pranks in the woods, and their pained parents is especially vivid. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 When a passerby offers him cash, his face takes on a pained expression. CNN, 10 May 2021 Even as worries of unrest dissipated into a pained sort of celebration, some in the G.O.P. kept their focus firmly on the violence that didn’t happen on Tuesday evening. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2021 In the meantime, the new coach will have to fill nearly an entire roster on the fly, dealing with rumors and perceptions every pained step of the way. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 9 Apr. 2021 His death was the singular topic of Joe Biden’s post-White House memoir, a heart-breaking work that chronicled that pained period in the Biden clan. Philip Elliott, Time, 6 Apr. 2021 As an ensemble, the Westerlies produce magisterial sounds as well as pained ones, execute deft improvisations, and project both affecting sincerity and knowing wit. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2021 Both lists can be read with gentle smiles instead of pained expressions because of the existence of Current Actual Real Browns (CARBs). Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2021 So, the moms try to apply cabbage compresses on pained breasts and attempt to use their pumps while the baby is asleep. Zoe Guy, Marie Claire, 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of pained

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pained

: appearing upset, sad, worried, etc.


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