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cringe cringed
a physical reaction to something unpleasant
  • How to Memorize
    • cringe - grimace
  • Analysis

    When you ‘cringe’, your body physically reacts to fear or embarrassment by grimacing or jerking away from the source of your discomfort. Such a reaction is typically involuntary but can on occasions be done simply for effect.

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    Synonymscowerrecoil, shudder,
    Antonymsintrepidshameless, gallant,
  • Example(s)
    1. When I look at old photos of myself I can’t help but cringe at the sort of clothes I used to wear!

    2. As soon as I raised my hand, Gary cringed away from me. I think he thought I was about to hit him!

    3. I cringe at the thought of having to give a speech in front of so many people. I’m really going to be taken out of my comfort zone.