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[teer-steynd] /ˈtɪərˌsteɪnd/
marked or wet with tears:
a tear-stained letter.
showing traces of tears or signs of having wept:
tear-stained cheeks.
Origin of tear-stained
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Jed took the crumpled and tear-stained letter from her hand.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "That is for my sake," said Mrs. Ritson, raising her tear-stained face to listen.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • A group with tear-stained faces were gathered about the smoking imu.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • "Yes," she answered, despondently, looking up at me with tear-stained eyes.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • Swipes and Spuddy, tear-stained and pale, stood by the door, waiting.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • How would she look, with her tear-stained visage and the disorder of her appearance?

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • He gently removed her hands from before her tear-stained face.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • She lifted up her head and turned a tear-stained face towards him.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • "Yes," she said, simply, and lifted her tear-stained face to his.

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