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Definition: experiencing emotional pain or embarrassment; feel upset or annoyed; painful, sore (also an intransitive verb, “smarting pain in the arm”; or a noun, “the smart of the recent abuse still stung”)

Origin, Old English, ‘smeortan’, of Western Germanic origin; the later sense of smart, i.e mentally sharp, arose from later use of this verb (meaning to express pain) as “sharp or brisk”

Sources: Oxford English Dictionary, Wiktionary, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

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