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sting

 (stĭng)
v. stung (stŭng), sting·ing, stings
v.tr.
1. To pierce or wound painfully with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
2. To cause to feel a sharp, smarting pain: smoke stinging our eyes.
3. To cause to suffer keenly in the mind or feelings: Those harsh words stung me.
4. To spur on or stimulate by sharp irritation: "A meaningless retort; the kind someone is stung into making out of sheer exasperation" (Paul Scott).
5. Slang To cheat or overcharge.
v.intr.
1. To have, use, or wound with a sharp-pointed structure or organ: Do all bees sting?
2. To cause a sharp, smarting pain: The needle will sting a little.
n.
1. The act of stinging.
2. The wound or pain caused by stinging.
3. A sharp, piercing organ or part, often ejecting a venomous secretion, as the modified ovipositor of a bee or wasp or the spine of certain fishes.
4. A hurtful quality or power: the sting of rejection.
5. A keen stimulus or incitement; a goad or spur: the sting of curiosity.
6. Slang A confidence game, especially one implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals.

[Middle English stingen, from Old English stingan; see stegh- in Indo-European roots.]

sting′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stinging - a kind of painstinging - a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung; "the sting of death"; "he felt the stinging of nettles"
hurting, pain - a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
Adj.1.stinging - (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character; "cutting remarks"; "edged satire"; "a stinging comment"
unkind - lacking kindness; "a thoughtless and unkind remark"; "the unkindest cut of all"

stinging

adjective
Translations

stinging

[ˈstɪŋɪŋ]
A. ADJ
1. [insect etc] → que pica, que tiene aguijón; [pain] → punzante
2. [remark etc] → mordaz
B. N (= sensation) → escozor m
C. CPD stinging nettle Nortiga f

stinging

adj
pain, sensation, blowstechend; cut, slap, ointmentbrennend; rainpeitschend; windscharf
(fig) commentstechend, schneidend; attackscharf
n (= sensation)Stechen nt

stinging

n dolor m, ardor m, picor m (esp. Esp)
References in classic literature ?
Of course it was beautiful; but there was something more than mere beauty in it, something more stingingly splendid which had made beauty its handmaiden.
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In stingingly topical style, the behaviours of its characters six decades ago, including George Smiley, are examined by the modern forces of political correctness.
This wealth of cultural influences takes a myriad forms--from the staggering variety of dishes on offer ranging from "still-on-the-hoof-rare" steaks to stingingly hot spicy curries and everything in between; to the astonishing diversity of music from Western and Indian classical to township jazz and bhangra; from three-piece formal attire to traditional African costumes to saris and hijabs; and of course, in terms of languages, the country is a virtual Tower of Babel collection of tongues.
In what he calls "the hurricanes of a Canadian winter," the poet laments the stingingly harsh realities of racial discrimination in what is supposed to be a "multicultural" town.
Though stingingly critical of the Hosanna-Tabor decision, she does not directly engage with the question of church autonomy either as a matter of constitutional doctrine or of political philosophy, but instead liberally sprinkles the decision, and other decisions she disapproves, with adjectives like "worrisome," "tragic," and "profoundly troubling.
LaBute's award-winning, stingingly witty romance about love in the modern age of body image and peer pressure is also a study in weakness that boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.
Its attempts to ram the project through against massive popular resistance proved stingingly to the ruling party that it could not impose its will simply because it thought it was big enough to do so, and it learned the folly of trying.
In one of the tests, the gamers doled out more and hotter portions of a stingingly hot sauce for their peers to eat than non-gamers.