stung to the quick

sting (one) to the quick

To hurt or offend someone at a deeply emotional level. The comments stung me to the quick, but I remained composed and carried on with the lecture.
See also: quick, sting

stung to the quick

Hurt or offended at a deeply emotional level. I was stung to the quick to learn that they called my dress tacky behind my back. The hostess, stung to the quick by her guests' words, locked herself in the bedroom upstairs.
See also: quick, stung
References in classic literature ?
said Levin, stung to the quick by his brother's words; "I don't understand.
said Sergey Ivanovitch, stung to the quick too at his brother's considering anything of no importance that interested him, and still more at his obviously paying little attention to what he was saying.
They had been stung to the quick, also, by the vaunting airs assumed by the Northwesters.
Not a bit of it," said Razumihin, stung to the quick.
Stung to the quick, Buencamino fumed: 'I deny your accusation; as for me, if there is any traitor among all those who form the government and army of the Republic, it is you because if you had not taken the one thousand soldiers armed with Mauser guns from Calumpit in order to subdue General Masardo without permission of the Captain General, until now the American Army would be surrounded at Malolos (sic).
Stung to the quick, the Congress has hit back asking him to declare details of his assets, running into crores.
Soon, however, and naturally enough, the father of sin returned to sloth and obstinacy, and Martin hurried him again with repeated signs of the Cross, till, twitched and stung to the quick by those crossings so hateful to him, the vexed and tired reprobate uttered the following distich in a rage:</p> <pre> Signa te, signa; temere me tangis et angis, Roma tibi subito motibus ibit amor.
He who through a natural mildness and easygoingness should despise injuries received would do a very fine and praiseworthy thing; but he who, outraged and stung to the quick by an injury, should arm himself with the arms of reason against this furious appetite for vengeance, and after a great conflict should finally master it, would without doubt do much more.