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Synonyms for painful
ˈpeɪn fəlpainful

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  1. painfuladjective

    Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental.

    painfree, painless

  2. painfuladjective

    doleful, irksome, sorrowful, annoying

  3. painfuladjective

    laborious, exerting

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. painful

    afflicting, distressful, grieving, grievous, excruciating

Princeton's WordNet

  1. painfuladjective

    causing physical or psychological pain

    "worked with painful slowness"

    irritating, terrible, unspeakable, awful, afflictive, atrocious, abominable, sore, dreadful

    unpainful, good, painless, pain-free, comfortable, comfy, pleasant

  2. afflictive, painful, soreadjective

    causing misery or pain or distress

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

    mad, irritating, sensitive, huffy, raw, terrible, unspeakable, tender, awful, afflictive, atrocious, abominable, sore, dreadful

    comfortable, comfy, pleasant, good, painless, pain-free, unpainful

  3. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakableadjective

    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"

    irritating, dreadful, indescribable, indefinable, awful, sore, odious, unnameable, execrable, horrifying, frightful, amazing, horrendous, severe, tremendous, dreaded, dire, afflictive, flagitious, grievous, monstrous, atrocious, ineffable, detestable, awing, awed, wicked, dread(a), awe-inspiring, unspeakable, horrific, nasty, terrible, horrible, abominable, frightening, unutterable, awesome, fearsome, fearful, direful, untellable, ugly

    comfortable, painless, comfy, pain-free, good, pleasant, unpainful

  4. irritating, painfuladjective

    causing physical discomfort

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

    nettlesome, annoying, afflictive, teasing, plaguy, vexing, vexatious, galling, irritative, abominable, bothersome, awful, unspeakable, plaguey, atrocious, pestiferous, terrible, pesky, dreadful, pestering, sore, irritating

    pain-free, painless, comfy, unpainful, comfortable, pleasant, good

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. painfuladjective

    tormenting, torturing, agonizing, racking, distressing, distressful, excruciating

  2. painfuladjective

    grievous, afflicting, afflictive, disquieting, troublesome, displeasing, provoking, annoying, vexatious, unpleasant, disagreeable

  3. painfuladjective

    toilsome, arduous, difficult, hard, severe

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. painfuladjective

    distressing, agonizing, excruciating, dolorous, racking, toilsome, arduous, difficult

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How to use painful in a sentence?

  1. Gayle King:

    It’s still very painful. It’s still very hurtful, charlie and I, we have worked together, been friends. But when you think about the anguish of those women, despite the friendship, you still have to report the news.

  2. Kenneth Coenye:

    It's very painful, of course, because they don't only get sick, they die. And that is so completely preventable.

  3. Kierna Mayo:

    When you understand the soul of black America and you understand how important iconography is and you understand how important the image of black family perfection ... is, you realize that there's no way to do something like this without it being hugely conversational, if not confrontational, and in many cases painful for people.

  4. Vesla Tonnessen:

    I had considered telling somebody ; telling an adult outside of the ashram, but the idea of what would happen if I did was just too painful to accept.

  5. Jeff Almer:

    My mother died a painful death from salmonella, and the look of horror on her face as she died shall always haunt me, i just hope they ship you all to jail.

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