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[teer-steynd] /ˈtɪərˌsteɪnd/
marked or wet with tears:
a tear-stained letter.
showing traces of tears or signs of having wept:
tear-stained cheeks.
Origin of tear-stained
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She only waved him away with one hand, keeping her tear-stained face buried in the other.

    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Jed took the crumpled and tear-stained letter from her hand.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He patted him on the head, and looked down compassionately into the tear-stained face.

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
  • "That is for my sake," said Mrs. Ritson, raising her tear-stained face to listen.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • The girls eyes bulged out from her tear-stained face in such a funny way that her mother broke into a little laugh.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • A group with tear-stained faces were gathered about the smoking imu.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • Flamby looked up quickly, and Don's hands clenched themselves in his pockets when he saw her tear-stained face.

  • "Yes," she answered, despondently, looking up at me with tear-stained eyes.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • Of that he was sure and was glad, though Stella's tear-stained face would rise up between his eyes and the water of the Nile.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason

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