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1. Full of or giving pain: a painful shoulder; painful walking.
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.
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|Noun||1.||painfulness - 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
|2.||painfulness - the quality of being painful; "she feared the painfulness of childbirth"|
sharpness - the quality of being keenly and painfully felt; "the sharpness of her loss"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
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