Stingingness

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sting (stɪŋ)
 
vb , stings, stinging, stung
1.  (of certain animals and plants) to inflict a wound on (an organism) by the injection of poison
2.  to feel or cause to feel a sharp mental or physical pain
3.  (tr) to goad or incite (esp in the phrase sting into action)
4.  informal (tr) to cheat, esp by overcharging
 
n
5.  a skin wound caused by the poison injected by certain insects or plants
6.  pain caused by or as if by the sting of a plant or animal
7.  a mental pain or pang: a sting of conscience
8.  a sharp pointed organ, such as the ovipositor of a wasp, by which poison can be injected into the prey
9.  the ability to sting: a sharp sting in his criticism
10.  something as painful or swift of action as a sting: the sting of death
11.  a sharp stimulus or incitement
12.  botany another name for stinging hair
13.  slang a swindle or fraud
14.  slang a trap set up by the police to entice a person to commit a crime and thereby produce evidence
15.  sting in the tail an unexpected and unpleasant ending
 
[Old English stingan; related to Old Norse stinga to pierce, Gothic usstangan to pluck out, Greek stakhus ear of corn]
 
'stinging
 
adj
 
'stingingly
 
adv
 
'stingingness
 
n

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