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verb as in flinch, recoil from danger

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Everyone who engages with The Rehearsal as more than just cringe comedy, which it also sometimes is, will probably get something different out of it.

From Time

Not only has “cringe culture” become de rigueur on many parts of the internet, but the group experience involved in bullying or mocking anyone who happens to get categorized as cringe becomes justification for the mocking and bullying to continue.

From Vox

Feldstein and Owen bring what I assume is an intended blend of romantic foolhardiness, blind horniness and all-around cringe to their banter scenes, and, well, they sure nail that latter quality.

No matter what Tokyo pulled off Friday, however, the response was going to be a collective cringe.

With Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld co-creator and “social assassin” Larry David has brought us more than two decades’ worth of cringe comedy based on his privileged life.

From Time

I would cringe the same way you would if I felt [the depiction was problematic].

Maybe you managed not to cringe at his take on the Bard in Shakespeare in Love, making you a stronger person than most.

The other one is silly and perhaps because of that even more cringe-worthy.

In hindsight, it is one of the more cringe-inducing campaign promises Barack Obama ever made.

If the first 12 minutes of game footage released this month is any indication, the writing in Hardline is cringe-worthy at best.

The same amount of pride which makes a man treat haughtily his inferiors, makes him cringe servilely to those above him.

And then, that a thought should knock me prone, and make me cringe—from the mere fact of its lowness and meanness!

The captives were pale and seemed to cringe from the pale interrogation light.

My grand signior, Vouchsafe a beso las manos, and a cringe Of the last edition.

Beside a falsify may spoil his cringe, Or making of a leg, in which consists Much of his Court-perfection.


On this page you'll find 44 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to cringe, such as: cower, kneel, quiver, tremble, wince, and blench.

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