Have you ever heard or read lines like these ones below?
Why are you staring at me?
I’m not staring. I’m gazing.
I heard those lines when I watched The Vampire Diaries. What immediately came to my mind was, “Gazing? What is that?” because all I saw was Elena was staring, but she said ‘gazing.’ So, in this article, we will have a discussion about the two words. What is the difference between ‘staring’ and ‘gazing?’
If you checked the dictionary, ‘stare‘ is defined as to look fixedly or vacantly, while ‘gaze‘ is defined as to look steadily and intently, at something or someone for a long time. They are similar. The difference is we use ‘stare‘ to indicate senses and feelings, such as curiosity, anger, boldness, admiration, bored, stupidity, etc; while ‘gaze‘ to indicate sense of pleasure, like awe, admiration, fascination, and love.
Here are some examples to point them out:
- She gazes/stares admiringly at Warren.
- She stares at me blankly. (You can’t use ‘gaze’ in this sentence.)
- I stare at him with anger. (You also can’t use ‘gaze’ in this sentence)
- Yudith gazes/stares at the beautiful view of the sea.
- He stares/gazes at his sleeping child
From the example we can say that ‘gaze’ is used to show positive feelings, while ‘stare’ is used to show both positive and negative feelings (neutral).
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