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stinging (comparative more stinging, superlative most stinging)

  1. Having the capacity to sting.
    stinging nettles
  2. (figuratively) Precise and hurtful
    • 2017 September 27, David Browne, "Hugh Hefner, 'Playboy' Founder, Dead at 91," Rolling Stone
      That same year, a young Gloria Steinem went undercover as a Playboy Bunny at one of his Playboy Clubs and wrote a stinging inside critique of the magazine's ethos and chauvinism in an article, titled "A Bunny's Tale," which was published in Show magazine.

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stinging

  1. present participle of sting
    • 1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, in The Lonely Pyramid:
      The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. [] Drifts of yellow vapour, fiery, parching, stinging, filled the air.

NounEdit

stinging (plural stingings)

  1. The act by which someone receives a sting.
    the stingings of scorpions
    stingings of remorse