pained

adjective
\ ˈpānd How to pronounce pained (audio) \

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 Hadn’t expected to hear his young wife utter such a word, and the expression on her face suddenly serious—pained. Joyce Carol Oates, Harper's Magazine, "Still Life," 25 May 2020 But even with that mystery possibly solved, Lavin’s family was still pained by the idea that someone could hit and kill him and just leave the scene. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Hit-and-runs are rising, and we decided to investigate. Here’s how we did it.," 18 July 2019 That’s one reason the coronavirus pandemic has so pained its pastor, J. Edgar Boyd. Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times, "‘It doesn’t really feel like Easter.’ For black churches, coronavirus changed everything," 12 Apr. 2020 Again, rappers with intuitive, pained gifts for melody one microgeneration ahead of him, Wave is a true singer who also can rap, and whose cross-pollination between the two feels completely grounded in R&B principles — an anomaly among his peers. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Rod Wave Sings Through the Pain," 9 Apr. 2020 The lead defendant is Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, who became one of the many pained faces of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of her son’s death. BostonGlobe.com, "George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, filed a $100 million lawsuit Wednesday against the teen’s family, a publishing firm, and a law enforcement agency for defamation and ‘‘malicious prosecution.’’," 5 Dec. 2019 The lead defendant is Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, who became one of the many pained faces of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of her son’s death. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "George Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin’s family, prosecutors for $100 million," 4 Dec. 2019 Her pained face was clearly animated, and a ghost-like effect on her 3D avatar's skin struck the right balance between believable but outside the uncanny valley. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak," 13 Sep. 2019 Mackall smiles the pained, confused smile of someone who has inexplicably survived a car crash. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pained

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pained. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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pained

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of pained

: appearing upset, sad, worried, etc.

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