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Synonyms for painful
ˈpeɪn fəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. painful(adj)

    causing physical or psychological pain

    "worked with painful slowness"

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

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

  2. afflictive, painful, sore(adj)

    causing misery or pain or distress

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

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

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

  3. 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"

    Synonyms:
    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

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

  4. irritating, painful(adj)

    causing physical discomfort

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

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. painful(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    painfree, painless

  2. painful(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    doleful, irksome, sorrowful, annoying

  3. painful(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    laborious, exerting

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. painful

    Synonyms:
    afflicting, distressful, grieving, grievous, excruciating

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. painful(a.)

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

  2. painful(a.)

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

  3. painful(a.)

    Synonyms:
    toilsome, arduous, difficult, hard, severe

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