flinching (part of speech: verb)
- Of course Mrs. Livingstone chose the latter, wincing, though, every time she heard it. - "'Lena Rivers", Mary J. Holmes.
- Forgive me for wincing when I am wounded. - "Man and Wife", Wilkie Collins.
- He listened nervously, wincing under the contempt of her phrases and fascinated by the startling interpretations they offered him of his own thoughts. - "Gargoyles", Ben Hecht.