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stinging (adj.)

c. 1200, present-participle adjective from sting (v.). Figurative use from late 14c.

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Definitions of stinging from WordNet
1
stinging (n.)
a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung;
he felt the stinging of nettles
Synonyms: sting
2
stinging (adj.)
(of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character;
a stinging comment
Synonyms: cutting / edged
From wordnet.princeton.edu