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pain·ful

 (pān′fəl)
adj.
1. Full of or giving pain: a painful shoulder; painful walking.
2.
a. Causing mental anguish or suffering: It was painful for him to admit he was wrong.
b. Distressing or embarrassing: A painful silence followed his remark.
c. Requiring care and labor; difficult or irksome: a painful way of fixing the problem.
3. Marked by or requiring great care and diligence: gave the matter painful consideration.

pain′ful·ly adv.
pain′ful·ness n.

painful

(ˈpeɪnfʊl)
adj
1. causing pain; distressing: a painful duty.
2. affected with pain: a painful leg.
3. tedious or difficult
4. informal extremely bad: a painful performance.
ˈpainfully adv
ˈpainfulness n

pain•ful

(ˈpeɪn fəl)

adj.
1. affected with, causing, or characterized by pain.
2. laborious; exacting; difficult.
3. Archaic. painstaking; careful.
[1300–50]
pain′ful•ly, adv.
pain′ful•ness, n.

painful

1. 'painful'

You say that something is painful when it makes you feel pain.

My boots are still painful.
...a long and painful illness.

If a part of your body is painful, it hurts.

My back is so painful that I cannot stand upright.
My legs are stiff but not painful.
2. 'in pain'

When someone feels pain, you do not say that they are 'painful'. You say that they are in pain.

He was in pain and could not move into a comfortable position.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.painful - causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"
inhumane - lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion; "humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world"; "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"
painless - not causing physical or psychological pain; "painless dentistry"
2.painful - causing misery or pain or distresspainful - causing misery or pain or distress; "it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"
3.painful - exceptionally bad or displeasingpainful - 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"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
4.painful - causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"
uncomfortable - providing or experiencing physical discomfort; "an uncomfortable chair"; "an uncomfortable day in the hot sun"

painful

adjective
1. sore, hurting, smarting, aching, raw, tender, throbbing, inflamed, excruciating Her glands were swollen and painful.
sore comforting, relieving, soothing, painless
3. difficult, arduous, trying, hard, severe, troublesome, laborious, vexatious the long and painful process of getting divorced
difficult easy, simple, straightforward, effortless, undemanding
4. (Informal) terrible, awful, dreadful, dire, excruciating, abysmal, gut-wrenching, godawful, extremely bad The interview was painful to watch.

painful

adjective
1. Marked by, causing, or experiencing physical pain:
2. Difficult to accept:
Translations
bolestivýtrapný
smertefuld
kivuliasrasittavaraskastuskallinen
bolan
fájdalmas
sársaukafullur
痛い
아픈
boleč
smärtsam
เจ็บปวด
đau đớn

painful

[ˈpeɪnfʊl] ADJ
1. (physically) [injury, swelling] → doloroso
a slow and painful deathuna muerte lenta y dolorosa
my ankle is still painfultodavía me duele el tobillo
her wrist was painful to the touchla muñeca le dolía al tocarla
was it very painful?¿te dolió mucho?
he received a painful blow on the backrecibió un golpe en la espalda que le causó un intenso dolor
2. (mentally) [memory, reminder, experience] → doloroso; [task, decision] → penoso
it will be a long and painful processserá un proceso largo y doloroso or penoso
his embarrassment was painful to witnessdaba pena ver lo abochornado que estaba
it is my painful duty to tell you thates mi penoso deber comunicarle que ..., tengo el desagradable deber de comunicarle que ...
3. (= embarrassingly bad) → fatal, de pena
her acting was so bad it was painful to watchsu actuación era tan mala que daba vergüenza ajena presenciarla, su actuación era de pena

painful

[ˈpeɪnfəl] adj
[joint, gland, back, leg, ankle] → douloureux/euse
a painful joint → une articulation douloureuse
is it painful? → c'est douloureux?
[illness, injury, operation] → douloureux/euse
to suffer from painful periods → souffrir de règles douloureuses
[memories, experience, process] → douloureux/euse; [reminder] → douloureux/euse
Remarks like that brought back painful memories → Des remarques comme ça rappelaient des souvenirs douloureux.
She finds it too painful to return there without him → Elle trouve ça trop douloureux de revenir là-bas sans lui.
(= embarrassingly bad) to be painful to watch [performance, interview] → faire peine à voir
The interview was painful to watch → L'interview faisait peine à voir.

painful

adj
(physically) injuryschmerzhaft; is it painful?tut es weh?; it’s painful to the touches tut weh, wenn man es berührt; my arm was becoming painfulmein Arm fing an zu schmerzen; my boots are still painfulmeine Stiefel drücken immer noch
(= unpleasant, distressing) task, decision, feeling, subject, factschmerzlich; process, reminder, memory, experienceschmerzlich, schmerzhaft; lessonschmerzhaft; it was painful to admit that …es war schmerzlich zuzugeben, dass…; it is my painful duty to tell you that …ich habe die traurige Pflicht, Ihnen mitteilen zu müssen, dass …; painful to beholdein qualvoller Anblick
(inf: = terrible) → peinlich; painful, isn’t it?das tut weh, was?; I went to the party but it was really painful (= boring)ich war auf der Party, aber es war zum Sterben langweilig; (= embarrassing)ich war auf der Party, eine äußerst peinliche Angelegenheit; she gave a painful performanceihre Vorführung war mehr als peinlich
(= laborious)schmerzlich; it was a long and painful processes war ein langer und schmerzlicher Prozess

painful

[ˈpeɪnfʊl] adj (wound) → doloroso/a; (leg) → che fa male; (task, sight, also) (fam) → penoso/a; (difficult) → difficile
it is my painful duty to tell you that ... → purtroppo ho il dovere di informarla che...
it was painful to watch (fam) → era penoso (a vedersi)

pain

(pein) noun
hurt or suffering of the body or mind. a pain in the chest.
verb
to cause suffering or upset to (someone). It pained her to admit that she was wrong.
pained adjective
showing or expressing pain. a pained expression.
ˈpainful adjective
causing pain. a painful injury.
ˈpainfully adverb
ˈpainless adjective
without pain. painless childbirth.
ˈpainlessly adverb
ˈpainkiller noun
a drug etc which lessens or removes pain.
ˈpainstaking (ˈpeinz-) adjective
going to great trouble and taking great care. a painstaking student.
a pain in the neck
a person who is constantly annoying. People who are always complaining are a pain in the neck.
take pains
to take great trouble and care (to do something). He took great pains to make sure we enjoyed ourselves.

painful

مُؤلِمٌ bolestivý smertefuld schmerzhaft οδυνηρός doloroso kivulias douloureux bolan doloroso 痛い 아픈 pijnlijk smertefull bolesny dolorido, doloroso болезненный smärtsam เจ็บปวด ağrılı đau đớn 疼痛的

painful

a. doloroso-a, penoso-a, aflictivo-a.
___ menstrual periodmenstruación ___;
___ intercoursedispareunia, relaciones sexuales ___ -as;
___ urinationdolor al orinar.

painful

adj doloroso; — procedure procedimiento doloroso
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For an hour the procession of grotesques passed before the eyes of the old man, and then, although it was a painful thing to do, he crept out of bed and began to write.
Fortunately the scratches were on the fleshy parts of the arms and shoulders, where, though painful, they were not necessarily serious.
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Occasionally he would stop; and in the midst of a breathing stillness, that the dull but increasing roar of the waterfall only served to render more impressive, he would listen with painful intenseness, to catch any sounds that might arise from the slumbering forest.
After all her painful traffic, the whole proceeds were perhaps half a dozen coppers, and a questionable ninepence which ultimately proved to be copper likewise.
My conclusion was that he had no soul, no heart, no mind; nothing, as I have already said, but instincts; and yet, withal, so cunningly had the few materials of his character been put together that there was no painful perception of deficiency, but, on my part, an entire contentment with what I found in him.
Not a word he spoke; nor did his officers say aught to him; though by all their minutest gestures and expressions, they plainly showed the uneasy, if not painful, consciousness of being under a troubled master-eye.
A peculiar walk in this old man, a certain slight but painful appearing yawing in his gait, had at an early period of the voyage excited the curiosity of the mariners.
The new bit was very painful, and I reared up suddenly, which angered him still more, and he began to flog me.
She stood in the doorway, shepherded by Cousin Marija, breathless from pushing through the crowd, and in her happiness painful to look upon.
Of course, it would be a very painful duty," began Mr.