Associations to the word «Painful»


PAINFUL, adjective. Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental. [from 14th c.]
PAINFUL, adjective. Afflicted or suffering with pain (of a body part or, formerly, of a person). [from 15th c.]
PAINFUL, adjective. Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious. [from 15th c.]
PAINFUL, adjective. (now rare) Painstaking; careful; industrious. [from 16th c.]
PAINFUL BLADDER SYNDROME, noun. Interstitial cystitis

Dictionary definition

PAINFUL, adjective. Causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness".
PAINFUL, adjective. Causing misery or pain or distress; "it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up".
PAINFUL, adjective. 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".
PAINFUL, adjective. Causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful".

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