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?
The betrayal and the abandonment, in that moment, by the highest military court in this land, I'm not sure which was worse and more painful to experience, what my father did or how I felt walking out of that conference room that day.
When these allegations came out within the last week it was incredibly, incredibly, painful for him, his wife, his mom, his daughter, his grandchildren.
He was in a very desperate situation, and he was doing what he felt would get him out of it -- going public. And it was very painful. No less painful for him.
It is more painful to die for peace than to die for war.
It was pitch black and before I knew it, I was in midair falling off a cliff. I was honestly thinking I wouldn’t survive, i hit my head a few times and landed with a big bump. I was screaming in pain. It was the most painful thing ever. I felt like a total vegetable. I felt completely vulnerable. I couldn’t move anything.
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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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