What does painful mean?

Definitions for painful
ˈpeɪn fəlpainful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. painfuladjective

    causing physical or psychological pain

    "worked with painful slowness"

  2. afflictive, painful, soreadjective

    causing misery or pain or distress

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

  3. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakableadjective

    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"

  4. irritating, painfuladjective

    causing physical discomfort

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

Wiktionary

  1. painfuladjective

    Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental.

  2. painfuladjective

    Afflicted or suffering with pain (of a body part or, formerly, of a person).

  3. painfuladjective

    Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious.

  4. painfuladjective

    Painstaking; careful; industrious.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Painfuladjective

    Etymology: pain and full.

    Is there yet no other way, besides
    These painful passages, how we may come
    To death. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Evils have been more painful to us in the prospect, than by their actual pressure. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    I am sick of this bad world!
    The day light and the sun grow painful to me. Addison.

    Long abstinence may be painful to acid constitutions, by the uneasy sensation it creates in the stomach. Arbuthnot.

    The painful service,
    The extreme dangers, and the drops of blood
    Shed for my thankless country, are requited
    But with that surname. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me. Psalm lxxiii. 16.

    Surat he took, and thence preventing fame,
    By quick and painful marches hither came. Dryden.

    Ev’n I, tho’ slow to touch the painful string,
    Awake from slumber, and attempt to sing. Smith.

    To dress the vines new labour is requir’d,
    Nor must the painful husbandman be tir’d. Dryden.

    Great abilities when employed as God directs, do but make the owners of them greater and more painful servants to their neighbours: however, they are real blessings when in the hands of good men. Jonathan Swift.

Wikipedia

  1. painful

    Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage." In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition. Pain motivates the individual to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future. Most pain resolves once the noxious stimulus is removed and the body has healed, but it may persist despite removal of the stimulus and apparent healing of the body. Sometimes pain arises in the absence of any detectable stimulus, damage or disease.Pain is the most common reason for physician consultation in most developed countries. It is a major symptom in many medical conditions, and can interfere with a person's quality of life and general functioning. Simple pain medications are useful in 20% to 70% of cases. Psychological factors such as social support, cognitive behavioral therapy, excitement, or distraction can affect pain's intensity or unpleasantness.In some debates regarding physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia, pain has been used as an argument to permit people who are terminally ill to end their lives.

ChatGPT

  1. painful

    Painful refers to causing physical discomfort, distress or suffering, often due to an injury or illness. It can also refer to causing emotional or mental distress, upset, or unhappiness, often tied to a distressing or traumatic event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Painfuladjective

    full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing

  2. Painfuladjective

    requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march

  3. Painfuladjective

    painstaking; careful; industrious

Wikidata

  1. Painful

    Painful is the sixth studio album released in 1993 by alternative rock band Yo La Tengo. The album marked a creative shift from Yo La Tengo's previous work, blending atmospheric and ambient sounds with their famous noise jams. Painful features a much more melodic-driven Yo La Tengo in its hazy, dream-like songwriting. Two versions of the track "Big Day Coming" are present on the album and display the range of musical stylings Yo La Tengo works with; the first version features a simple organ melody accompanied by a soft bass counterpoint and Kaplan's guitar feedback echoing in the background, while the second version is a much more straightforward, shoegaze style with an accompanying organ solo towards the latter part of the song.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'painful' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4692

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'painful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4722

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'painful' in Adjectives Frequency: #623

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of painful in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of painful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of painful in a Sentence

  1. Don Samuels:

    That was so painful — just painful to watch and to see a Black man, of dark complexion, under the knee of a dispassionate White male, it conjured up all kinds of slavery imagery.

  2. Democratic Tennessee Rep.Vincent Dixie:

    This a reminder of the painful and hurtful of the crimes that were committed against black people, now youre signing a proclamation honoring the same people that fought to keep people that look like me, African Americans in slavery.

  3. Brian Solis:

    When you hop apps all the time, Altimeter Group’s painful.

  4. Elaine Luria:

    Such conduct is unacceptable for any Virginian — whether occurring in the past, present, or future, governor Northam must resign and fully acknowledge the painful past these images evoke. Bigotry has no place in Virginia.

  5. Trey and Matt Stone Parker:

    I just realized that there's going to be a lot of painful times in life, so I better learn to deal with it the right way.

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