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 Seale compares a pained area to a river punctuated with rocks that change or block the flow of water. Jamie Rosen, Robb Report, 31 July 2022 Colman has become a go-to actor for masking pained personal histories behind either brittle snappishness or bluff affability; Reid’s ingenuous, old-soul charm is a winning foil for that defensive quality. Guy Lodge, Variety, 28 July 2022 Davido wrote in a pained and sprawling Instagram post a week after his confidant’s death. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 21 July 2022 Suddenly Tyson reenacted a scene from one of his famous fights, leaving the poor little passenger with a pained expression. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 Leaphorn and his wife (Deanna Allison), meanwhile, are recovering from a personal tragedy, with McClarnon's pained expressions every time his family history comes up doing a lot of work in conveying the mileage that the character carries. Brian Lowry, CNN, 12 June 2022 Daddy vetoed this with the pained but patient mien afforded anything in poor taste. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Hough said, stretching her bright-red lips into a pained smile, after their opening number, a schmaltzy ditty written by Criss. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 And through it all Murphy has held our attention with his pained, handsome, watery-eyed charisma. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 10 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pained

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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“Pained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pained. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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