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painful - Dictionary definition and meaning for word painful

Definition
(adj) causing physical or psychological pain
Example Sentence
  • worked with painful slowness

Definition
(adj) causing misery or pain or distress
Synonyms : afflictive , sore
Example Sentence
  • it was a sore trial to him
  • the painful process of growing up

Definition
(adj) exceptionally bad or displeasing
Example Sentence
  • atrocious taste
  • abominable workmanship
  • an awful voice
  • dreadful manners
  • a painful performance
  • terrible handwriting
  • an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room

Definition
(adj) causing physical discomfort
Synonyms : irritating
Example Sentence
  • bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful

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