causing physical or psychological pain
"worked with painful slowness"
afflictive, painful, sore(adj)
causing misery or pain or distress
"it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up"
atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable(adj)
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
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
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How to use painful in a sentence?
This has been an extraordinarily painful few weeks.
So when I look at this picture of Otto in handcuffs being forced to do these things, it's too painful... I'm focused on the future and bringing Otto home.
The painful truth is that after all the applause, Netanyahu is alone and Israel is isolated.
It is painful enough when we lose members of our armed forces when they are sent in harm's way.
Regular Jobs Now. Duterte reiterated his plea for Congress to re-impose the death penalty for drug offenders and other criminals, and said he would not stop his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs. The fight will not stop until those who deal in (drugs) understand that they have to stop because the alternatives are either jail or hell, he said. PHILIPPINES CANCELS TALKS WITH COMMUNIST REBELS AMID ATTACKS Duterte also addressed the United States in his speech by demanding America give back three church bells that were seized more than a century ago in the Philippine village of Balangiga. Give us back those Balangiga bells…They are part of our national heritage ... return it to us, this is painful for us.
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- dolorósCatalan, Valencian
- επίπονος, επώδυνοςGreek
- doloroso, doloridoSpanish
- kivulias, tuskallinen, työläs, rasittava, raskas, kipeäFinnish
- pénible, laborieux, douloureuxFrench
- nehéz, fáradságos, fájdalmasHungarian
- 骨の折れる, 困難, 苦しいJapanese
- tārū, tārūrūMāori
- zorgzaam, smartelijk, moeizaam, pijnlijk, ijverigDutch
- extenuante, árduoPortuguese
- мучительный, болезненный, тяжкий, тягостный, тяжёлыйRussian
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