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Definition of Strained


  1. of Strain
  2. Subjected to great or excessive tension; wrenched; weakened; as, strained relations between old friends.
  3. Done or produced with straining or excessive effort; as, his wit was strained.

Strained Quotations

Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
Francis Bacon

When you're under stress as a human being, you behave oddly and your relationships with people become strained.
Viggo Mortensen

The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.
Henry David Thoreau

If dysfunction means that a family doesn't work, then every family ambles into some arena in which that happens, where relationships get strained or even break down entirely. We fail each other or disappoint each other. That goes for parents, siblings, kids, marriage partners - the whole enchilada.
Mary Karr

For the standard of Christian life was to be strained to a higher pitch; more fasting was required, and more careful separation from the manners and enjoyments of the world; celibacy and martyrdom had great value set upon them, and second marriages were prohibited.
Robert Rainy
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Strained Translations

strained in Afrikaans is strak, gespanne
strained in Dutch is strak, geforceerd, gespannen
strained in German is angespannt, spannte an, angestrengt
strained in Latin is contentus
strained in Portuguese is esticado
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