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adjective as in painful

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He has smuggled out through his family a number of stinging critiques of his captors.

But three months later Wright himself received a stinging rebuke.

Just as often, and to more stinging effect, the adjectives come from black people in this town an hour north of Detroit.

Even her own publication, The New York Times, issued a stinging critique.

Many were heard coughing and seen rubbing watery, stinging red eyes.

There was a cold, stinging contempt in Varney's tones by no means lost on the listener.

Here the love of the cow or the country is a vague thing intended to satisfy one's vanity, or soothe a stinging conscience.

“Abstinence has its drawbacks,” he said, shivering in the bitter wind which whirled the stinging smoke about them.

The nurse hurried forward, and Corydon felt a stinging sensation in her side, and then a delightful numbness crept over her.

Upward through the stinging blast of the tempest they went, toward the top of a stricken world.


On this page you'll find 60 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to stinging, such as: biting, bitter, caustic, harsh, incisive, and mordant.

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