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1 sting

A kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung:
— The sting of death.
— He felt the stinging of nettles.

synonym: stinging.

Roget 830: painfulness etc. adj.; trouble, care etc. (pain) 828; trial; affliction, infliction; blow, stroke, burden, ... show more

Roget 663: bane, curse; evil etc. 619; hurtfulness etc. (badness) 649; painfulness etc. (cause of pain) 830; scourge ... show more

Polish: ukłucie

2 sting

A mental pain or distress.

synonym: pang.

Roget 378: pain; suffering, sufferance, suffrance; bodily pain, physical pain, bodily suffering, physical suffering, body pain; mental suffering etc. 828; dolour, ache; ... show more

3 sting

A painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin.

synonyms: bite, insect bite.

Polish: ukąszenie

4 sting

A swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property.

synonyms: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, hustle.

5 sting

Operation designed to catch a person committing a criminal act:
— The police conducted a sting operation.

synonym: sting operation.


1 sting

Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort.

synonyms: bite, burn.

Roget 900: resent, take amiss, take ill, take to heart, take offense, take umbrage, take huff, take exception; take in ill part, take in bad part, take in dudgeon; ne pas entendre raillerie [Fr.]; breathe revenge, cut up rough.    ... show more

Roget 824: excite, affect, touch, move, impress, strike, interest, animate, inspire, impassion, smite, infect; stir the blood, fire the blood, ... show more

2 sting

Deliver a sting to.

synonyms: bite, prick.

Roget 380: itch, tingle, creep, thrill, sting; prick, prickle; tickle, titillate.   

Roget 830: cause pain, occasion pain, give pain, bring pain, induce pain, produce pain, create pain, inflict pain etc. 828; pain, hurt, wound.    pinch, ... show more

Roget 378: feel pain, experience pain, suffer pain, undergo pain etc. n.; suffer, ache, smart, bleed; tingle, shoot; twinge, ... show more

3 sting

Saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous.

synonym: stick.

4 sting

Cause a stinging pain.

synonyms: prick, twinge.

5 sting

Cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging.

Moby thesaurus: acerbity, acidity, acridity, acrimony, aculeus, acuminate, acumination, affect, afflict, affront, aggrieve, agonize, ail, anguish, astringency, auger, barb the dart, be keen, beat, beesting ... show more.

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