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Princeton's WordNet

  1. painfully, distressinglyadverb


    "his ignorance was painfully obvious"

  2. painfully, sorelyadverb

    in or as if in pain

    "she moved painfully forward"; "sorely wounded"


  1. painfullyadverb

    In a painful manner; as if in pain.

    That was the most painfully sung rendition of "Fly Me to the Moon" that I've ever heard.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Painfullyadverb

    Etymology: from painful.

    Such as sit in ease at home, raise a benefit out of their hunger and thirst, that serve their prince and country painfully abroad. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    Robin red-breast painfully
    Did cover them with leaves. Children in the Wood.


  1. painfully

    Painfully is an adverb that describes something that causes pain or discomfort, either physically or emotionally. It can also be used to indicate extreme degree or extent of something, often in a negative or unwanted way. It can also refer to the experience of something in a way that's difficult or awkward.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of painfully in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of painfully in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of painfully in a Sentence

  1. Wilbur Ross:

    There are people experiencing hardship, we're aware, painfully aware, that there are hardships inflicted on the individual workers.

  2. Isaac Bashevis Singer:

    Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

  3. Judith Enck:

    The plastics and petrochemical industries are making it impossible to curb the amount of plastic contaminating our oceans, new research is always helpful, but we don’t need to wait for new research to take action — the problem is already painfully clear, in the plastic accumulating in our oceans, air, soil, food, and bodies.

  4. Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky:

    So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find something to worship...What is essential is that all may be together in it. The craving for community worship is the chief misery of...all humanity. For the sake of common worship they've slain each other with the sword.

  5. James McGovern:

    This isn't a case with surprises in it. It's not even a surprise who your central cooperator is. [ It ] will be painfully boring to watch, gates is gravy at this point.

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