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Meaning & Definition of Painful in English

English

Painful

/penfəl/

adjective

1. Causing physical or psychological pain

  • "Worked with painful slowness"
    synonym:
  • painful

2. Causing misery or pain or distress

  • "It was a sore trial to him"
  • "The painful process of growing up"
    synonym:
  • afflictive
  • ,
  • painful
  • ,
  • sore

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • atrocious
  • ,
  • abominable
  • ,
  • awful
  • ,
  • dreadful
  • ,
  • painful
  • ,
  • terrible
  • ,
  • unspeakable

4. Causing physical discomfort

  • "Bites of black flies are more than irritating
  • They can be very painful"
    synonym:
  • irritating
  • ,
  • painful

Examples of using

If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasure of illusion.
There's nothing more painful than losing one's child.
When she bit me, it was so painful that I fainted.