showing or expressing distress, anguish, or resentment: a pained look in reply to a sarcastic remark.
- o·ver·pained, adjective
- un·pained, adjective
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How to use pained in a sentence
By Monday, the people who lead this small city 20 miles west of Milwaukee had adopted the pained, stilted language that has become a ritual in too many American places.At a Christmas parade, ‘Comfort and Joy’ turns to carnage and fear: ‘There were bodies all over the street’ | Marc Fisher, Kim Bellware, Joanna Slater, Mark Guarino | November 23, 2021 | Washington Post
The eye is pained to see men lying drunk on every corner … it is fully as bad as the Barbary Coast in San Francisco.Politics Report: The 101 Ash St. Scandal Isn’t Going Away | Andrew Keatts | July 3, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
However, I wouldn’t change a thing about lovely Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his pained morally conflicted little face.Our mixed feelings about The Trial of the Chicago 7, explained | Aja Romano | April 12, 2021 | Vox
She’s both pained and helpless, experiencing feelings that anyone who has spent time around an unpredictable fellow human, particularly an elderly one, can recognize.The Father Offers an Unsparing Glimpse into the Trials, and the Mysteries, of Old Age | Stephanie Zacharek | March 26, 2021 | Time
We fight against a pre-writing of a painful future and a rewriting of a pained past.Thank You for the 7 PM Clapping, But Camaraderie Is Needed More Than Ever - Facts So Romantic | Ayala Danzig | October 5, 2020 | Nautilus
Cosby conspiracy theorists share a perspective born of a long, pained history of American racism.
Cooper spoke of how pained he was that Garner will never get that chance with his own kids.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture | Michael Daly | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Or so the chapter titles formally name him, in a nod, perhaps, to his pained formality.
One senses that Vicente del Bosque, the coach, was going through the motions: He looked pained, and distracted.
A pained Gallo makes it clear who he thinks the real victims are when he cries “why they want to see us suffer?”Wesleyan Rap Genius: “We Have Girlfriends. How Can We Promote Sexual Assault?” | Olivia Nuzzi | June 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the mean time, he was unable to arrive at any decision, and he began to be pained and disturbed in mind.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
Miss Carrington looked as she usually did when Mr. Sharp jokedit pained her and set her teeth on edge.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
pained at his manner, yet not fully realizing its significance, I slowly fall back.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
Angelo, dear, she said in repentant tone; I am sorry I pained you this afternoon; but I am jealous, so jealous of you.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
I am a parent, so I instructed my wife to write a letter saying how much I was pained by William's frivolity.
British Dictionary definitions for pained
having or expressing pain or distress, esp mental or emotional distress: a pained expression
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