A kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung:
— The sting of death.
— He felt the stinging of nettles.
A mental pain or distress.
A painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin.
A swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property.
Operation designed to catch a person committing a criminal act:
— The police conducted a sting operation.
synonym: sting operation.
Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort.
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
Deliver a sting to.
Saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous.
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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