Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
These nouns denote a sensation of severe physical discomfort: abdominal pain; aches in my leg; the pangs of a cramped muscle; a stitch in my side; the throes of dying; a twinge of arthritis.
pain- Originally meant punishment for a crime or offense—sometimes by losing one's head.
2. a headache. Also called cephalgia, cephalodynia.
2. any gratification gained from pain or deprivation inflicted or imposed on oneself. Cf. sadism. — masochist, n. — masochistic, adj.
2. any enjoyment in being cruel. Cf. masochism. — sadist, n. — sadistic, adj.
See Also: HEALTH
- Ached from head to foot, all zones of pain seemingly interdependent … like a Christmas tree whose lights wired in series, must all go out if even one bulb is defective —J. D. Salinger
- Ached like a bad tooth —Lawrence Durrell
- The air burning my lungs like a red-hot iron or cutting into them like a sharpened razor —Albert Camus
- Anguish poured out like blood from a gaping wound —Jonathan Kellerman
In Kellerman’s novel, When the Bough Breaks, the anguish is being poured out by a patient to the psychologist hero.
- Bruised like a half-back in a football game —Francis W. Crowninshield
- [Rash] burned like dots of acid —William Kennedy
- Cut like a whiplash —Ruth Chatterton
- (Walked out into) the dazzling sun that cut into his eyes like a knife —John Dos Passos
- A deadly vise of pain that clamped her head like a steel helmet —Arthur A. Cohen
- Exposed it [pain] like a beggar used to making a show of his sores —Julia O’Faolain
- Feel like somebody stuck thumbtacks all over my head —James Lee Burke
- Felt as if I’d been crushed between two runaway wardrobes —J. B. Priestly
This “similistic” comment is made by the hero of Lost Empires after being beaten up.
- Felt as though his body were wrapped in layers of plaster cast —Kenzaburo Oë
The plaster cast comparison was used by the author to describe a character who wakes up feeling stiff and achy all over.
- Felt her head was going to break open like a coconut struck with a hammer —Marge Piercy
- Felt pain like hot knives —Anon
- A flash of pain darted through her, like the ripple of sheet lightning —Edith Wharton
- For a second he remained in torture, as if some invisible flame were playing on him to reduce his bones and fuse him down —D.H. Lawrence
- A gash … as wide as an open grave —Jimmy Sangster
- Generalized racking misery that makes him feel as if his pores are bleeding and his brain is leaking out of his ears —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- A head like a sore tooth —Anon
- Her stomach reacted as though she’d eaten sulfuric pancakes —Rita Mae Brown
- An hour of pain is as long as a day of pleasure —English proverb
- The hurt had gone through her like the split in a carcass —Julia O’Faolain
- The hurt I felt … was something like a thumb struck with a hammer —MacDonald Harris
- Hurt … like a knot passing through an artery —Donald McCaig
- (My brother’s laugh is small, sharp, and) hurts like gravel in your shoe —Sharon Sheehe Stark
- It [the pain of failure] was like a gnawing physical disability, an ugly mark she wanted to hide —H. E. Bates
- A knot of pain was set like a malignant jewel in the core of his head —Truman Capote
- (Your letter was) like a bullet straight into my heart —Sholom Aleichem
- My back ached as if someone were holding a welding torch against my spine, turning the flame on and off at will —W. P. Kinsella
- My breast was contracted by a pain like screws clamped on my heart —Joyce Cary
- My insides burned like pipes in a boiler —Governeur Morris
- My intestines felt as if they were playing host to a Bears-Raiders game —Penny Ward Moser, Discover, February, 1987
- My stomach feels as if I have swallowed razor blades —W. P. Kinsella
- My stomach feels like the crop of a hen —Katherine Mansfield
- My whole body glows with pain as if I were being electrocuted —Iris Murdoch
- Nausea coiled like a snake in her stomach —A. E. Maxwell
- Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other —Laurence Sterne
See Also: PLEASURE
- The pain between his eyes seemed to be whirling about like a pinwheel —R. Wright Campbell
- Pain comes billowing on like a full cloud of thunder —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- Painful … like cutting the heart out of her body —Phyllis Bottome
The pain described in Bottome’s short story, The Battle Field, is that of never seeing someone again.
- The pain goes ringing through me like alarms —Delmore Schwartz
- Pain … hard as blows —John Berryman
- The pain in his chest was like a tight breastplate —Graham Swift
- Pain is immune to empathy … like love —Barbara Lazear Ascher, New York Times/Hers, October 16, 1986
- Pain is like a love affair. When it’s over, it’s over —Elyse Sommer
- Pain lifted like a fog that gives way to bright sunlight —Maurice Edelman
- Pain … like a metal bar —Graham Swift
- Pain (lingering) … like a stone pit lodged in the stomach —Anon
- Pain rising as periodically as high water —William H. Gass
- (The sympathy that it arouses is as) painful as charity —Mihail Lermontov
- Pains are flinging her about like an old rag, a filthy torn rag doll —Vicki Baum
- The pain seemed to rock inside him like a weight that would overturn him —Graham Swift
- Pains … like streams of pulsating fire heating him to an intolerable temperature —Ambrose Bierce
- Pain … slopped through his head like water into a sand-castle —Kingsley Amis
See Also: TURNING AND TWISTING
- Pains that shrieked like alarm bells —Jane Rogers
- Pain tightens like a strip of hot metal across Martin’s chest —Robert Silverberg
- Pain … twisting like currents in a river —Martin Amis
- Pain whistled through my body like splintered glass —Ross Macdonald
- Pain would advance and recede like waves on a beach —Nathaniel Benchley
See Also: ADVANCING
- People in pain are like the wandering minstrels of the Renaissance. Any occupied space becomes their court. If the story’s told often enough, perhaps the demons will become manifest. Made visible and mastered through words —Barbara Lazear Ascher, New York Times/Hers, October 16, 1986
- A persistent jabbing in her chest that tapped back and forth like an admonishing finger —Molly Giles
- Pierce … like misplaced trust —John Drury
- (Though we love pleasure, we) play with pain like a tongue toying with a bad tooth —George Garrett
- The pounding in his head was like ten thousand hammers —Niven Busch
- Press like a blunt thumb —Lawrence Durrell
- Prolonged pain is like a fire in the house, it causes you to flee and wander homeless —Barbara Lazear Ascher, New York Times/Hers, October 16, 1986
- Shudder at the thrust of pain like a virgin at the thrust of love —George Garrett
See Also: TREMBLING
- Spine ached as if it had been twisted like a cat’s tail —Bernard Malamud
- Sting you like scorn —Thomas Hardy
- (Irony …) stung like squirts from a leaky hose —Geoffrey Wolff
- Suffering is cheap as grass and free as the rain that falls on saint and sinner alike —George Garrett
- A sweet bewildering pain, like flowers in the wind and rain —Thomas Ashe
- [A broken ankle] swelled like a soccer ball —Clive Cussler
- Swollen face throbbing as if it has been pumped up with a bellows —Elena Poniatowska
- Throat … like sandpaper soaked in salt —H. E. Bates
- Throat … like a thicket of nettles —Arthur Train
- [The lack of respect] tormented him like a raging thirst —Marge Piercy
- Woke up feeling as if someone had tied sandbags to my hair —Jonathan Valin
- Writhed like a trampled snake —Oscar Wilde
- (Sat on a bench) writhing like a woman in labor —Isaac Babel
- Writhing … like the poor shell-fish set to boil alive —John Greenleaf Whittier
Past participle: pained
|Noun||1.||pain - a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension"|
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
arthralgia - pain in a joint or joints
causalgia - a burning pain in a limb along the course of a peripheral nerve; usually associated with skin changes
chest pain - pain in the chest
chiralgia - a pain in the hand that is not traumatic
distress - extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in distress"
dysmenorrhea - painful menstruation
growing pains - pain in muscles or joints sometimes experienced by children and often attributed to rapid growth
keratalgia - pain in the cornea
labor pain - pain and discomfort associated with contractions of the uterus during labor
mastalgia - pain in the breast
melagra - rheumatic or myalgic pains in the arms or legs
meralgia - pain in the thigh
metralgia - pain in the uterus
nephralgia - pain in the kidney (usually felt in the loins)
odynophagia - severe pain on swallowing due to a disorder of the esophagus
orchidalgia - pain in the testes
pang - a sharp spasm of pain
photalgia, photophobia - pain in the eye resulting from exposure to bright light (often associated with albinism)
costalgia, pleuralgia, pleurodynia - pain in the chest caused by inflammation of the muscles between the ribs
podalgia - foot pain
proctalgia - pain in the rectum
referred pain - pain that is felt at a place in the body different from the injured or diseased part where the pain would be expected; "angina pectoris can cause referred pain in the left shoulder"; "pain in the right shoulder can be referred pain from gallbladder disease"
renal colic - sharp pain in the lower back that radiates into the groin; associated with the passage of a renal calculus through the ureter
sting, stinging - a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung; "the sting of death"; "he felt the stinging of nettles"
stitch - a sharp spasm of pain in the side resulting from running
soreness, tenderness, rawness - a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched); "the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness"; "after taking a cold, rawness of the larynx and trachea come on"
thermalgesia - pain caused by heat
throb - a deep pulsating type of pain
ulalgia - pain in the gums
urodynia - pain during urination
|2.||pain - emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid; "the pain of loneliness"|
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
growing pains - emotional distress arising during adolescence
unpleasantness - the feeling caused by disagreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling
mental anguish - sustained dull painful emotion
distress, hurt, suffering - psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress"
|3.||pain - a somatic sensation of acute discomfort; "as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain"|
somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia - the perception of tactual or proprioceptive or gut sensations; "he relied on somesthesia to warn him of pressure changes"
mittelschmerz - pain in the area of the ovary that is felt at the time of ovulation (usually midway through the menstrual cycle)
phantom limb pain - pain felt by an amputee that seems to be located in the missing limb
twinge - a sharp stab of pain
|4.||pain - a bothersome annoying person; "that kid is a terrible pain"|
|5.||pain - something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction"|
negative stimulus - a stimulus with undesirable consequences
nuisance - (law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive
plague - an annoyance; "those children are a damn plague"
|Verb||1.||pain - cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed|
hurt - give trouble or pain to; "This exercise will hurt your back"
|2.||pain - cause emotional anguish or make miserable; "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"|
break someone's heart - cause deep emotional pain and grief to somebody; "The young man broke the girl's heart when he told her was going to marry her best friend"
try - give pain or trouble to; "I've been sorely tried by these students"
she winced with pain → hizo una mueca de dolor
where is the pain? → ¿dónde le duele?
in order to ease the pain → para aliviar el dolor
back/chest/muscle pain → dolor m de espalda/pecho/músculos
I have a pain in my leg → me duele la pierna
paintto be in pain → sufrir dolor(es), tener dolor(es)
I was in excruciating pain → sufría or tenía unos dolores horribles
no pain, no gain → el que algo quiere, algo le cuesta
see also growing B
see also labour D
see also period B
his harsh words caused her much pain → sus duras palabras le causaron mucho dolor or la hicieron sufrir mucho
to be a pain [person] → ser un pesado; [situation] → ser una lata, ser un rollo
he's a real pain → es un verdadero pesado
don't be such a pain! → ¡no fastidies!, ¡no seas tan pesada!
what a pain! → ¡qué lata!, ¡qué rollo!
he's a pain in the arse or > ass (US) → es un coñazo
he's a pain in the neck → es insoportable
to be at pains to do sth → esforzarse al máximo por hacer algo, intentar por todos los medios hacer algo
for my pains → después de todos mis esfuerzos
to take pains to do sth → poner especial cuidado en hacer algo
he took infinite pains with his job → se esmeraba or se esforzaba muchísimo en su trabajo
I had taken great pains with my appearance → me había esmerado or esforzado mucho con mi apariencia
it pains me to think of you struggling all alone → me duele pensar que estás luchando sola, pensar que estás luchando sola me hace sufrir
it pains me to tell you → me duele decírtelo
it pained him that his father talked like that → le dolía que su padre hablara así
She complained of severe pains in her chest → Elle se plaignait de sévères douleurs à la poitrine.
to ease the pain → soulager la douleur
a sharp pain → une douleur aiguë
I felt a sharp pain in my lower back → Je ressentis une douleur aiguë dans le bas du dos.
to have a pain in one's chest → avoir mal à la poitrine
I've got a pain in my stomach → J'ai mal à l'estomac.
to be in pain → souffrir
She's in a lot of pain → Elle souffre beaucoup.
to scream in pain → hurler de douleur
to writhe in pain → se tordre de douleur
He's a real pain → Il est vraiment pénible.
The car isn't mended yet, which is a pain → La voiture n'est pas réparée, ce qui est embêtant.
to be a pain in the neck [person] → être casse-pieds
It's a pain in the neck when you are let down → C'est emmerdant quand on vous laisse tomber.
what a pain! (situation) → qu'est-ce que c'est pénible!
What a pain moving house is! → Qu'est-ce que c'est pénible de déménager!
What a pain he is! → Qu'est-ce qu'il est pénible !
to be a pain in the arse (British) to be a pain in the ass (US) [person, thing] → être emmerdant
to take great pains to do sth → se donner beaucoup de mal pour faire qch
She took great pains to conceal the fact from her parents → Elle s'est donné beaucoup de mal pour dissimuler la chose à ses parents.
They took great pains to make sure I enjoyed my stay → Ils se donnèrent beaucoup de mal pour être sûrs que j'apprécie mon séjour.
to take great pains over sth → consacrer beaucoup d'efforts à qch
to be at pains to do sth → se donner beaucoup de mal pour faire qch
to go to great pains to do sth → se donner beaucoup de mal pour faire qch
for one's pains → pour sa peine
to cause pain to (physical) → provocare dolori a (mental) → far soffrire
to be in pain → soffrire
I have a pain in my leg → ho male or un dolore a una gamba
he's a real pain (in the neck) (fam) → è un gran rompiscatole
and all I got for my pains was ... → e come ringraziamento ho avuto...
to take pains over sth → mettercela tutta in qc
to be at (great) pains to do sth → fare di tutto per fare qc