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Synonyms for stinging

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sting, stinging(adj)

    a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung

    "the sting of death"; "he felt the stinging of nettles"

    Synonyms:
    con game, flimflam, bunko, confidence game, sting, bunko game, gyp, bunco, pang, con, confidence trick, bunco game, insect bite, bite, hustle

    Antonyms:
    kind

  2. cutting, edged, stinging(adj)

    (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character

    "cutting remarks"; "edged satire"; "a stinging comment"

    Synonyms:
    keen, piercing, edged, stabbing, knifelike, raw, cutting, lancinate, lancinating, bleak

    Antonyms:
    kind

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. stinging

    Acid, sour, and bitter agree in being contrasted with sweet, but the two former are sharply distinguished from the latter. Acid or sour is the taste of vinegar or lemon-juice; bitter that of quassia, quinine, or strychnine. Acrid is nearly allied to bitter. Pungent suggests the effect of pepper or snuff on the organs of taste or smell; as, a pungent odor. Caustic indicates the corroding effect of some strong chemical, as nitrate of silver. In a figurative sense, as applied to language or character, these words are very closely allied. We say a sour face, sharp words, bitter complaints, caustic wit, cutting irony, biting sarcasm, a stinging taunt, harsh judgment, a tart reply. Harsh carries the idea of intentional and severe unkindness, bitter of a severity that arises from real or supposed ill treatment. The bitter speech springs from the sore heart. Tart and sharp utterances may not proceed from an intention to wound, but merely from a wit recklessly keen; cutting, stinging, and biting speech indicates more or less of hostile intent, the latter being the more deeply malicious. The caustic utterance is meant to burn, perhaps wholesomely, as in the satire of Juvenal or Cervantes. Compare MOROSE.

    Synonyms:
    acerb, acetous, acid, acidulated, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, biting, bitter, caustic, cutting, harsh, irate, pungent, savage, sharp, sour, tart, vinegarish, virulent

    Antonyms:
    dulcet, honeyed, luscious, nectared, saccharine, sweet

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "stinging":

    irritated, damning

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How to use stinging in a sentence?

  1. Sven Jordt:

    Our nose, mouth and throat contain nerve endings that sense painful and irritating chemicals in the inhaled air. For example, the burning, stinging feeling elicited by smoke inhalation is mediated by these nerve endings. They also trigger sneezing and cough, basically to defend the lungs from inhaling toxic chemicals, the new chemicals we identified in e-cigarettes activate these nerve endings more strongly. Especially when activated over a longer period, as in smokers, and potentially in e-cigarette users, these mechanisms have been shown to cause inflammation and asthma and contribute to emphysema.

  2. Emma Crofts-Wilson:

    I didn’t know what was happening. I just felt a major stinging feeling and when I looked down I saw a head.

  3. Sir Francis Bacon:

    Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.

  4. Gena Dinicola:

    It burned a lot, it stung, it feels like shooting pain and stinging. It feels like pins and needles.

  5. Dov Hikind:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blocked me on Twitter yesterday ,apparently because my critique of her tweets and policies have been too stinging.


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