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Synonyms for pain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pain, hurting(noun)

    a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

    "the patient developed severe pain and distension"

    painfulness, pain in the neck, hurting, nuisance, botheration, infliction, pain in the ass, annoyance, painful sensation, pain sensation, bother

    pleasance, pleasure

  2. pain, painfulness(noun)

    emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid

    "the pain of loneliness"

    distressingness, painfulness, pain in the neck, hurting, nuisance, botheration, infliction, pain in the ass, annoyance, painful sensation, pain sensation, bother

    pleasance, pleasure

  3. pain, pain sensation, painful sensation(noun)

    a somatic sensation of acute discomfort

    "as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain"

    painfulness, pain in the neck, hurting, nuisance, botheration, infliction, pain in the ass, annoyance, painful sensation, pain sensation, bother

    pleasure, pleasance

  4. pain, pain in the neck, nuisance(noun)

    a bothersome annoying person

    "that kid is a terrible pain"

    painfulness, pain in the neck, hurting, nuisance, botheration, infliction, pain in the ass, annoyance, painful sensation, pain sensation, bother

    pleasance, pleasure

  5. annoyance, bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass(verb)

    something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness

    "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction"

    aggravator, annoying, painful sensation, hurting, painfulness, botheration, pain in the ass, pain sensation, chafe, hassle, infliction, bother, irritation, fuss, trouble, imposition, vexation, annoyance, nuisance, pain in the neck

    pleasance, pleasure

  6. trouble, ail, pain(verb)

    cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

    bother, unhinge, hurt, disorder, perturb, inconvenience oneself, upset, inconvenience, ail, discommode, disquiet, cark, put out, incommode, distract, disoblige, trouble, disturb, trouble oneself, anguish

    pleasance, pleasure

  7. pain, anguish, hurt(verb)

    cause emotional anguish or make miserable

    "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"

    smart, hurt, trouble, injure, wound, bruise, suffer, offend, ache, ail, anguish, spite

    pleasure, pleasance


  1. pain(noun)


  2. pain(noun)

    An English surname, variant of Paine.

    The wound pained him.



  3. pain(noun)

    To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.

    It pains me to say that I must let you go.



  4. pain(noun)

    To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.

    Your mother is a right pain.



  5. pain(noun)

    Suffering seen as a punishment or penalty.



English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pain

    Pain is the most general term of this group, including all the others; pain is a disturbing sensation from which nature revolts, resulting from some injurious external interference (as from a wound, a bruise, a harsh word, etc.), or from some lack of what one needs, craves, or cherishes (as, the pain of hunger or bereavement), or from some abnormal action of bodily or mental functions (as, the pains of disease, envy, or discontent). Suffering is one of the severer forms of pain. The prick of a needle causes pain, but we should scarcely speak of it as suffering. Distress is too strong a word for little hurts, too feeble for the intensest suffering, but commonly applied to some continuous or prolonged trouble or need; as, the distress of a shipwrecked crew, or of a destitute family. Ache is lingering pain, more or less severe; pang, a pain short, sharp, intense, and perhaps repeated. We speak of the pangs of hunger or of remorse. Throe is a violent and thrilling pain. Paroxysm applies to an alternately recurring and receding pain, which comes as it were in waves; the paroxysm is the rising of the wave. Torment and torture are intense and terrible sufferings. Agony and anguish express the utmost pain or suffering of body or mind. Agony of body is that with which the system struggles; anguish that by which it is crushed.

    ache, agony, anguish, distress, pang, paroxysm, suffering, throe, torment, torture, twinge, wo(e)

    comfort, delight, ease, enjoyment, peace, rapture, relief, solace

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pain(n)

    penalty, suffering, distress, uneasiness, grief anguish, torture, agony

    reward, remuneration, ease, gratification, joy, pleasure, felicity, relief, alleviation, enjoyment, delight

  2. pain(v)

    hurt, grieve, afflict, torment, rack, agonize, trouble, torture, aggrieve, annoy, distress

    gratify, please, delight, rejoice, charm, relieve, ease, refresh

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pain(n.)

    penalty, punishment

  2. pain(n.)

    suffering, distress, ache, pang, torment, torture, anguish, agony, throe, twinge

  3. pain(n.)

    uneasiness, disquietude, anxiety, solicitude, care, grief, sorrow, bitterness, affliction, woe, heartache

  4. pain(v. a.)

    torment, torture, rack, agonize, distress, hurt

  5. pain(v. a.)

    disquiet, trouble, afflict, grieve, aggrieve, displease, annoy, plague, bore, harass, vex, worry, tease, chafe, fret, incommode

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pain(n)

    punishment, penalty, suffering, ache, smart, throe, rack, agony, torture, distress, qualm, discomfort, pang, excruciation, paroxysm, gripe, twinge, cramp, travail, stitch, crick, anguish, heartache, misery, dolor

    ease, comfort, relief, solace

    Associated words:
    anodyne, anæsthetic, analgesic, dolorific, doloriferous, surcease, anæsthetize

  2. pain(v)

    hurt, torture, rack, distress, grieve, afflict, aggrieve

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    grief, suffering, sorrow, soreness, bread, anguish, ache, agony, distress, misery, sore, penalty, hurt, painless

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How to use pain in a sentence?

  1. Mike James:

    I never had something where I could be coherent and still have pain relief.

  2. Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy:

    Through me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric moved: To rear me was the task of power divine, Supremest wisdom, and primeval love. Before me things create were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I shall endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here.

  3. Susan Yox:

    Nursing is a very difficult and demanding career choice – long hours, weekend and holiday work, and most importantly, the need to provide hands-on care to people at their most vulnerable times in life – often when they are injured, ill, in pain or dying, we hope this survey will begin to foster dialogue about the reasons for nursing dissatisfaction and burnout and spur changes where needed.

  4. Ernie Els:

    I've got an L-10( problem) and normally the pain shoots into my left side, the pain was kind of on my back and then it went to the right and I thought maybe it was kidney stones. I guess I am just a wuss.

  5. Tony Nunan:

    Everything is pointing to the end of this year (before there is an agreement) when Iran gets to 4 million barrels per day. By that time the pain will be so great everybody will come to the table (to agree output caps).

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