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Definition 1: struggling for effect - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where strained or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • agonistic poses

Synonyms for strained in the sense of this definition

(strained is similar to ...) speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression

Definition 2: lacking natural ease - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where strained or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a labored style of debating

Synonyms for strained in the sense of this definition

(strained is similar to ...) lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance

"an awkward dancer" "an awkward gesture" "too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes" "his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot"

Definition 3: showing signs of mental and emotional tension - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where strained or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her voice was strained as she asked the question

(strained is similar to ...) in or of a state of physical or nervous tension

Definition 4: lacking spontaneity; not natural - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where strained or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a constrained smile
  • forced heartiness
  • a strained smile

Synonyms for strained in the sense of this definition

(strained is similar to ...) speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression

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