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  Definition of painful
  1. causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"
  2. 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"
  3. causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"
  4. causing misery or pain or distress; "it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up"
Similar Words: irritating, atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, terrible, unspeakable, afflictive, sore

 

See Also: harmful, inhumane, prickling, stinging, tingling

 

 
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