What is the meaning of painful?


  • Causing physical or psychological pain.
    • usage: "worked with painful slowness"
  • Causing misery or pain or distress.
    • usage: "it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up"
  • Exceptionally bad or displeasing.
    • usage: "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
  • Causing physical discomfort.
    • usage: "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"
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APAWordNet. (2010). painful. Retrieved March 30, 2017, from http://smartdefine.org/painful/definitions/1180225
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MLAWordNet. "painful" 23 October 2010. Web. 30 March 2017. <http://smartdefine.org/painful/definitions/1180225>
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