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Definition 1: causing physical or psychological pain - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where painful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • worked with painful slowness

(painful is similar to ...) psychologically painful

"few experiences are more traumatic than losing a child"

(painful is similar to ...) hurting

"the tender spot on his jaw"

(painful is similar to ...) (of a rider) sore after riding a horse

(painful is similar to ...) causing great physical or mental suffering

"a wrenching pain"

(painful is similar to ...) causing an irritating cutaneous sensation; being affect with an itch

"he had an itchy toe from the mosquito bite"

(painful is similar to ...) keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

"poignant anxiety"

(painful is similar to ...) painful from having the skin abraded

(painful is similar to ...) causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold

"bitter cold" "a biting wind"

(painful is similar to ...) extremely painful

(painful is similar to ...) expressing pain or agony

"agonized screams"

(painful is similar to ...) causing a dull and steady pain

"my aching head" "her old achy joints"

(means also ...) 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"

(means also ...) causing or capable of causing harm

"too much sun is harmful to the skin" "harmful effects of smoking"

Definition 2: exceptionally bad or displeasing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where painful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • atrocious taste
  • abominable workmanship
  • an awful voice
  • dreadful manners
  • a painful performance
  • terrible handwriting
  • an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room

Synonyms for painful in the sense of this definition

(painful is similar to ...) 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"

Definition 3: causing physical discomfort - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where painful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful

Synonyms for painful in the sense of this definition

(painful is similar to ...) providing or experiencing physical discomfort

"an uncomfortable chair" "an uncomfortable day in the hot sun"

Definition 4: causing misery or pain or distress - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where painful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was a sore trial to him
  • the painful process of growing up

Synonyms for painful in the sense of this definition

(painful is similar to ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

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