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The synonyms of “Strained” are: labored, laboured, agonistic, constrained, forced, drawn, careworn, worn, pinched, tired, exhausted, weary, fatigued, drained, awkward, tense, uneasy, uncomfortable, fraught, edgy, difficult, troubled, embarrassed, unrelaxed, stilted, wooden, stiff, self-conscious, hollow, unnatural, unbelievable, hard to believe, unconvincing, implausible, improbable, not in the least likely, questionable, dubious, doubtful, inconceivable, unthinkable, unimaginable, impossible, astonishing, astounding, breathtaking, staggering, absurd, preposterous, phenomenal, extraordinary
Strained as an Adjective
Definitions of "Strained" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “strained” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- (of a limb or muscle) injured by overexertion or twisting.
- (of a mainly liquid substance) having been strained to separate out any solid matter.
- Lacking natural ease.
- Lacking spontaneity; not natural.
- Not relaxed or comfortable; tense or uneasy.
- Far-fetched; laboured.
- Showing signs of mental and emotional tension.
- Produced by deliberate effort rather than spontaneously; artificial or forced.
- Showing signs of nervous tension or tiredness.
- Struggling for effect.
Synonyms of "Strained" as an adjective (51 Words)
|absurd||Arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous.|
The allegations are patently absurd.
|agonistic||Relating to or acting as an agonist.|
An agonistic exchange.
|astonishing||Extremely surprising or impressive; amazing.|
An astonishing achievement.
|astounding||Bewildering or striking dumb with wonder.|
The summit offers astounding views.
|awkward||Uncomfortable or abnormal.|
An awkward dancer.
|breathtaking||Tending to cause suspension of regular breathing.|
The scene was one of breathtaking beauty.
|careworn||Showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering.|
A careworn expression.
|constrained||Severely restricted in scope, extent, or activity.|
Many families are operating under constrained budgets.
|difficult||Characterized by or causing hardships or problems.|
A difficult task.
|doubtful||Unsettled in mind or opinion.|
I was doubtful of my judgement.
|drained||Drained of electric charge discharged.|
A drained and apathetic old man not caring any longer about anything.
|drawn||(of a person) looking strained from illness, exhaustion, anxiety, or pain.|
The drawn draperies kept direct sunlight from fading the rug.
|dubious||Of questionable value.|
Timeshare has been brought into disrepute by dubious sales methods.
|edgy||Being in a tense state.|
Tremendously edgy brass playing.
|embarrassed||Feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious.|
An embarrassed silence.
|exhausted||Drained of energy or effectiveness extremely tired completely exhausted.|
The day s events left her completely exhausted her strength drained.
An extraordinary desire for approval.
|fatigued||Drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted.|
|forced||Forced or compelled.|
|fraught||Marked by distress.|
A fraught mother daughter relationship.
|hard to believe||Given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors.|
|hollow||As if echoing in a hollow space.|
The result was a hollow victory.
|implausible||(of an argument or statement) not seeming reasonable or probable; failing to convince.|
This is a blatantly implausible claim.
|impossible||Very difficult to deal with.|
An impossible dream.
|improbable||Too improbable to admit of belief.|
This account of events was seen by the jury as most improbable.
It seemed inconceivable that the president had been unaware of what was going on.
|labored||Lacking natural ease.|
The subject made for labored reading.
|laboured||Requiring or showing effort.|
His breathing was laboured.
|not in the least likely||Directed or bound inward.|
|phenomenal||Of or relating to a phenomenon.|
The town expanded at a phenomenal rate.
|pinched||Sounding as if the nose were pinched.|
Her pinched toes in her pointed shoes were killing her.
|preposterous||So unreasonable as to invite derision.|
A preposterous suggestion.
|questionable||Subject to question.|
A questionable reputation.
|self-conscious||Aware of yourself as an individual or of your own being and actions and thoughts- D.M.Potter.|
|staggering||Deeply shocking; astonishing.|
Suffered a staggering defeat.
The place is stiff with alarm systems.
|stilted||(of an arch) with pieces of upright masonry between the imposts and the springers.|
We made stilted conversation.
|tense||Pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles e g the vowel sound in beat.|
He was tense with excitement.
|tired||Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse.|
Fisher rubbed his tired eyes.
|troubled||Characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination.|
His troubled face.
|unbelievable||So great or extreme as to be difficult to believe; extraordinary.|
Unbelievable or not it happened.
|uncomfortable||Causing or feeling slight pain or physical discomfort.|
He began to feel uncomfortable at the man s hard stare.
She felt the lie was unconvincing.
|uneasy||(of a situation or relationship) not settled; liable to change.|
She fell into an uneasy sleep.
|unimaginable||Difficult or impossible to imagine or comprehend.|
Lives of almost unimaginable deprivation.
|unnatural||Speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression.|
The child s unnatural interest in death.
His life was drawing to a close in baffled zeal and unrelaxed strain.
|unthinkable||(of a situation or event) too unlikely or undesirable to be considered a possibility.|
The unthinkable happened I spoke up.
|weary||Reluctant to see or experience any more of; tired of.|
He gave a long weary sigh.
|wooden||Like or characteristic of wood.|
The actor s performance was wooden.
|worn||Showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering.|
His knees were encased in worn plus fours.
Usage Examples of "Strained" as an adjective
- Jean's pale, strained face.
- She gave a strained laugh.
- A strained smile.
- My example may seem a little strained.
- Relations between the two countries were strained.
- A constrained smile.
- There was a strained silence.
- Her voice was strained as she asked the question.
Associations of "Strained" (30 Words)
|aroused||Aroused to action.|
The aroused opposition.
|constrained||Appearing forced or overly controlled.|
He was acting in a constrained manner.
Constricted air passages.
|defuse||Make (a situation) less tense or dangerous.|
Explosives specialists tried to defuse the grenade.
|dejection||A sad and depressed state; low spirits.|
He was slumped in deep dejection.
|excitability||Being easily excited.|
|flighty||Unpredictably excitable (especially of horses.|
Her mother was a flighty Southern belle.
|fretful||Feeling or expressing distress or irritation.|
The baby was crying with a fretful whimper.
|irritability||The quality or state of being irritable.|
Symptoms include insomnia and irritability.
|jittery||Nervous or unable to relax.|
Caffeine makes me jittery.
|nervous||Of or relating to the nervous system.|
|nervously||In an anxiously nervous manner.|
I was blushing and smiling nervously.
|nervy||Being in a tense state.|
It was kind of nervy for Billy to be telling him how to play.
|paralyze||Cause to be paralyzed and immobile.|
The bureaucracy paralyzes the entire operation.
|peevish||Having or showing an irritable disposition.|
A thin peevish voice.
|petulance||An irritable petulant feeling.|
A slight degree of petulance had crept into his voice.
She became querulous and demanding.
|restlessly||In a restless manner.|
|sensitize||Cause (someone or something) to respond to certain stimuli; make sensitive.|
Long term exposure to this medicine may sensitize you to the allergen.
|skittish||(of a person) playfully frivolous or unpredictable.|
A skittish chestnut mare.
|stressed||Strengthened by the application of stress during manufacture prestressed.|
He dropped out of the race clearly distressed and having difficulty breathing.
|taut||(especially of muscles or nerves) tense; not relaxed.|
The fabric stays taut without adhesive.
|temper||Make more temperate acceptable or suitable by adding something else.|
The way a smith would temper a sword.
|tense||Become stretched or tense or taut.|
He got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up.
|troubled||Characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination.|
|uneasy||Relating to bodily unease that causes discomfort.|
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
|unnatural||Contrary to the ordinary course of nature; abnormal.|
Death by unnatural causes.
|uptight||Anxious or angry in a tense and overly controlled way.|
He is so uptight about everything.
|volatility||The trait of being unpredictably irresolute.|
The volatility of chemicals in an indoor environment.