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Adjective
Vigorously incisive or critical
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“News of the hedge fund would emerge, leading to stinging criticism at an inopportune time for the cofounders.”
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Causing physical discomfort or pain
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“Ciarán fell into traps, just managing to escape with another stinging cut to his shoulder and a second to his thigh.”
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(of the air or wind) Extremely cold
“The snow surged into the kitchen, bringing with it the stinging cold.”
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Having or causing a tingling or itching sensation
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Feeling or expressing great anger
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Sharp, stabbing or piercing
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Characterized by extreme force, degree, or strength
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An unpleasant sensation caused by physical illness or injury
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A localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection
Verb
Present participle for to wound or pierce with a sting
“She would use the nettle to discreetly sting herself when arthritis stiffened her fingers.”
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Present participle for to feel or cause to feel a sharp tingling or burning pain or sensation
“Her open wounds seemed to sting with every move and even if the lightest fabric touched her bruises, she was forced to yelp in pain.”
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Present participle for to hurt, usually by introducing poison or a sharp point, or both
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“Her words were meant to sting and hurt, to make him feel equally as bad as he had made her now feel.”
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Present participle for to cheat, deceive or defraud someone for personal gain
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Present participle for to provoke someone to do (something) by causing annoyance or offence
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“Socrates' preferred analogy for his own role in the city was that of a gadfly, who lit upon his fellow citizens and sought to sting them into a healthy state of intellectual wakefulness.”
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Present participle for to overcharge (someone) for something
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Present participle for to insult or put down, especially in a spiteful way
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Present participle for to apply a surcharge
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Present participle for experience or cause to experience a slight prickling or stinging sensation
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Present participle for cause a tingling sensation in
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Present participle for to issue, establish or apply as a charge, fine or penalty
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(of a state or process) Present participle for to encourage the development of, or increased activity in, something
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Present participle for to cause damage to
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