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[ streynd ]


  1. affected or produced by effort; not natural or spontaneous; forced:

    strained hospitality.


/ streɪnd /


  1. (of an action, performance, etc) not natural or spontaneous
  2. (of an atmosphere, relationship, etc) not relaxed; tense
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  • strained·ly [streynd, -lee, strey, -nid-], adverb
  • strainedness noun
  • well-strained adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of strained1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; strain 1, -ed 2
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Example Sentences

Still, the narrative offers informed, exacting characterizations of the uncertain political alliances, strained interactions and ideological growing pains that elites of the post-revolutionary decades put the country through.

It’s got the same pump-up-the-heart music, the same slick videos, the same strained, middle-aged corporate exuberance.

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Despite this, e-commerce has been one of the bright spots for publishers’ stretched and strained ad revenue lines.

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Now, sharing strained relations with the United States, the two are increasingly finding a common cause.

From Ozy

Winners and losers in our suddenly super-strained food system.

His breath became so strained that he was forced to quit his job as a horticulturalist for the parks department.

We unzipped the body bag, and a crowd of craned necks strained to get a look.

The alliance between America and rebel forces has been strained by the U.S. refusal to directly attack the Assad regime.

This has resulted in a huge influx of patients into an already strained system.

But Schiff said this “has the feeling of a lawyerly kind of argument, to put the best case on a pretty strained legal theory.”

So strained became the relations between them, that for the last part of the advance they no longer met at meals.

But being himself in somewhat strained relations with the existing Government, he did not think it prudent to show himself.

Relations became so strained that Bonaparte was soon glad to seize on any excuse to dismiss Lannes from his post.

"Sing," said the Bull, as the stiff, muddy ox-bow creaked and strained.

Collars or sleeves, pinned over or tightly strained to meet, will entirely mar the effect of the prettiest dress.


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