from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Marked with tears; showing traces of tears or of weeping.


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  • A tear-stained man ran through the street with his wife and children, shouting just, "Egypt!"

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  • It seems like only yesterday that my granddaughter, Amanda, was that energetic, exuberant little girl who ran with outstretched arms to greet me at the airport, then lifted a tear-stained face for one more kiss when our visit was over and it was time for me to leave.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers

  • But then the lights came on after this movie and I saw my son's red eyes and tear-stained cheeks.

    Has the Wild Rumpus Begun Yet?

  • Oh the joy with which I answered my children after that whenever they came to me with plaintive faces and tear-stained worksheets.

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  • When her eyes became squints and her Cleopatra eyeliner ended up in tear-stained smudges, she was good.

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  • I'll never forget this angry little boy with a tear-stained face -- dressed like a pumpkin -- waiting for me.

    BJ Gallagher: Sharing The Pangs Of Working Mother Guilt

  • As the poses consist mainly of her tear-stained face in shadow, and the waterworks are programmed, this exercise in psychological masochism is something of a fizzle.

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  • Thinking I was opening a little gift box with perhaps a pendant or medal with the inscription “Teacher of the Year,” or “Wonderful Daughter,” I instead opened the box to find nothing but a yellowed, crinkled, tear-stained, faded twenty-year-old letter.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad

  • When she turned out to be a short, middle-aged woman with a PhD, I sat down on the tear-stained leather chair and assumed a bored expression, folding my legs over each other, whispering the alphabet backwards under my breath.


  • She abruptly removed her hands, showing a wrathful and tear-stained face.

    Chapter 7


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