painful definition

  • adjective:
    • Causing discomfort.
    • filled with pain.
    • calling for treatment and work; irksome: an unpleasant task.
    • Archaic Diligent; cautious.
    • Full of discomfort; causing uneasiness or distress, either actual or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing.
    • Requiring labor or toil; tough; performed with laborious energy.
    • Painstaking; mindful; industrious.
    • causing distress or pain or stress
    • causing physical or emotional discomfort
    • causing real vexation
    • extremely bad or displeasing
  • others:
    • that provides or perhaps is characterized by pain; of a nature to discomfort, render uneasy, or cause suffering, whether physical or emotional; distressing: as, an unpleasant operation in surgery; an unpleasant effort; a painful subject.
    • that will require or necessitates work, exertion, treatment, or attention; problematic; difficult; toilsome.
    • Painstaking; industrious; busy; careful; laborious; hard-working.
    • Synonyms and Racking, agonizing, tormenting, torturing, excruciating, hard, serious, grievous, attempting, afflictive.

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