a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung;
"the sting of death"
"he felt the stinging of nettles"
(of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character;
"a stinging comment"
- The result of the epidemic of sightlessness is chaos and starvation, underpinned by a growing threat from the mysterious stinging triffids.
- Even more stinging criticism came from Ms Yade.