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English noun: wince

1. wince (communication) the facial expression of sudden pain

Broader (hypernym)facial expression, facial gesture

2. wince (act) a reflex response to sudden pain


Broader (hypernym)jump, start, startle

English verb: wince

1. wince (motion) draw back, as with fear or pain

SamplesShe flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf.

Synonymscringe, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)retract, shrink back

2. wince (body) make a face indicating disgust or dislike

SamplesShe winced when she heard his pompous speech.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)grimace, make a face, pull a face

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