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?
We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination. Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful, as I try to come to terms with the devastating changes thrust upon me both physically and emotionally, I take one day at a time and want to help care for my Dad till his full recovery. In the longer term I hope to return home to my country.
It deeply pains our government to announce -- because this is painful for Chile -- that we will not hold the APEC summit, which was scheduled to take place in November, or the COP25 summit, scheduled to take place in December.
If you're in the trenches, you want to have a machine gun, a grenade, a mine on hand, there are also different needs depending on individual markets, so regional sales staff naturally can't be happy when the company moves to rationalize and restructure from a global structure. The transition process is painful.
They kind of do pretty much all the acting sometimes for you, they're so magical and you put them on and you suddenly stand different and you feel different and then it's all part of that magic -- but they were quite painful, they fit so tight.
Dr. Murthy's comments add to a growing consensus in the medical community that marijuana can help people suffering from painful conditions.
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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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