V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (v.) 1. to shrink back in pain or fear; 2. to make a face indicating pain, fear, dislike, or disgust; (n.) 1. an expression of pain; 2. a sudden movement back or away from something because of fear, pain, or disgust
Synonyms: (v.) flinch, recoil, shrink, cringe
Tips: Use wince to denote a facial expression of pain. We often wince (make a grimace of shrink back in fear) when we're confronted with something surprisingly unpleasant. Think of how your facial expression might suddenly change if someone put a stinky shoe right under your nose--you would most likely wince.
I winced with pain as the nurse gave me a shot. (flinched, cringed) verb
I winced in disgust when I smelled the odor of the garbage truck. (recoiled, cringed) verb
She gave a wince when the dentist told her she needed a root canal. (pained facial expression) noun
I winced when I saw my terrible test score. (cringed, recoiled) verb
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