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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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