painful

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Anything painful hurts a lot either physically or emotionally. Your sprained ankle may be painful, but so is your broken heart.

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Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing

Adjective S.
causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"

Adjective S.
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"

Adjective
causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"

Adjective S.
causing misery or pain or distress; "it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up"


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Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing.

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Requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march.

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Painstaking; careful; industrious.


Painful

Pain"ful , a. 1. Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing Addison. 2. Requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march. 3. Painstaking; careful; industrious. [Obs.] Fuller.
A very painful person, and a great clerk.
Nor must the painful husbandman be tired.
Syn. -- Disquieting; troublesome; afflictive; distressing; grievous; laborious; toilsome; difficult; arduous. -- Pain"ful*ly, adv. -- Pain"ful*ness, n.

Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing

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Usage Examples

At that time, I had recently finished a book called Amazing Grace, which many people tell me is a very painful book to read. Well, if it was painful to read, it was also painful to write. I had pains in my chest for two years while I was writing that book.

Duty is the great business of a sea officer all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.

Every time I copy something, I can draw it for the rest of my life. But research is so painful - I mean just opening up a magazine looking for a picture of a car or looking out the window looking for a car is just hard!

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.

Divorce is probably as painful as death.

Bulls can do nothing to demand justice. They can only defend themselves as best they can in a fight with a pre-determined ending and die never knowing why they were forced to endure such a painful and prolonged death. It's up to us, as a civilized society, to call for an end to the Running of the Bulls and bullfighting.

But for me, it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people, to see a bright future snuffed out, is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths.

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Other Usage Examples

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

As to those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in God's path, give them, then, the tidings of a painful agony: on a day when these things shall be heated in hell-fire, and their foreheads, and their sides, and their backs shall be branded therewith.

But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment.

A blank wall of social and professional antagonism faces the woman physician that forms a situation of singular and painful loneliness, leaving her without support, respect or professional counsel.

And in this respect, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been a tragedy, a clash between one very powerful, very convincing, very painful claim over this land and another no less powerful, no less convincing claim.

'The Killing' has a really great combination of qualities: Even though it's very sad and deals with mourning and grief, it's still exciting. It's about real people and it doesn't shy from the painful points of life.

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