\ 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.

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Questioning Zionism As the day grew long, the facial expressions more pained and the questions more anguished, the J Street tour seemed increasingly incompatible with Birthright’s goal of hooking young American Jews on Israel. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Touring the Israeli Occupation: Young U.S. Jews Get an Unflinching View," 10 July 2019 The ensuing crash pained petrostates and wildcatters alike. The Economist, "OPEC’s predictable deal cannot hide its giant problems," 4 July 2019 As the sun dipped down over San Francisco’s skyline during the X Games on June 27, 1999, the eyes of hundreds in attendance fell on a frustrated and pained Tony Hawk. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Tony Hawk Looks Back on Landing Skateboarding's Holy Grail 20 Years Later: The 900 'Felt Surreal'," 27 June 2019 Jon Snow, her lover-slash-nephew, had one of the most pained reactions of all, leading many fans to think a grim confrontation between the two of them is coming. Glamour, "This Season 1 Scene With Jaime and Jon Might Predict the Game of Thrones Finale," 14 May 2019 Putting on a pained smile, Peter would observe that by introducing him to socialists the C.I.A. had educated him in the wrong direction. Jeff Wheelwright, New York Times, "A Writer’s Controversial Past That Will Not Die," 2 Feb. 2018 His strained, pained smile at the end of every stage set is the dead giveaway. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 2019 Kraninger sat there with a pained, flustered expression for a few seconds before the audio was turned off. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren confronts Trump nominee for her role in family separations," 19 July 2018 From there, the researchers mashed the results within the two cultural groups and let loose assembled facial models for orgasm and pained faces. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "How orgasm faces differ between people from Eastern and Western cultures," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of pained

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pained

: appearing upset, sad, worried, etc.

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