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Meaning of PAINFUL

Pronunciation:  'peynful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"
  2. [adj]  exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
  3. [adj]  causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"
  4. [adj]  causing misery or pain or distress; "it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up"

PAINFUL is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: abominable, aching, achy, afflictive, agonised, agonising, agonized, agonizing, atrocious, awful, bad, biting, bitter, burning, chafed, dreadful, excruciating, galled, harrowing, irritating, poignant, racking, saddle-sore, sensitive, smarting, sore, tender, terrible, torturesome, torturing, torturous, traumatic, uncomfortable, unpleasant, unspeakable, wrenching
 Antonyms: painless
 See Also: harmful, inhumane, prickling, stinging, tingling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pain"ful\, a.
1. Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either
   physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing.

2. Requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with
   laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march.

3. Painstaking; careful; industrious. [Obs.] --Fuller.

         A very painful person, and a great clerk. --Jer.

         Nor must the painful husbandman be tired. --Dryden.

Syn: Disquieting; troublesome; afflictive; distressing;
     grievous; laborious; toilsome; difficult; arduous. --
     {Pain"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Pain"ful*ness}, n.

Thesaurus Terms
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