painful

Anything painful hurts a lot — either physically or emotionally. Your sprained ankle may be painful, but so is your broken heart.

When something is physically painful, it hurts your body in some way, like a painful burn or a painful paper cut. Other things hurt just as much, but in an emotional way, like a painful separation from your cat when you go to summer camp. You can also use this adjective informally to mean really bad: "The wedding band's attempt at 'Stairway to Heaven' was just painful."

Definitions of painful
  1. adjective
    causing physical or psychological pain
    “worked with painful slowness”
    Synonyms:
    harmful
    causing or capable of causing harm
    inhumane
    reflecting lack of pity or compassion
    aching, achy
    causing a dull and steady pain
    agonised, agonized
    expressing pain or agony
    agonising, agonizing, excruciating, harrowing, torturesome, torturing, torturous
    extremely painful
    biting, bitter
    causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold
    chafed, galled
    painful from having the skin abraded
    poignant
    keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
    itchy
    causing an irritating cutaneous sensation; being affect with an itch
    racking, wrenching
    causing great physical or mental suffering
    saddle-sore
    (of a rider) sore after riding a horse
    raw, sensitive, sore, tender
    hurting
    traumatic
    psychologically painful;"few experiences are more traumatic than losing a child";
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    Antonyms:
    painless
    not causing physical or psychological pain
    harmless
    not causing or capable of causing harm
    pain-free, unpainful
    not accompanied by pain sensations
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  2. adjective
    causing physical discomfort
    “they can be very painful
    synonyms: irritating
    uncomfortable
    providing or experiencing physical discomfort
  3. adjective
    causing misery or pain or distress
    “the painful process of growing up”
    synonyms: afflictive, sore
    unpleasant
    disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
  4. adjective
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    “a painful performance”
    synonyms: abominable, abysmal, atrocious, awful, dreadful, terrible, unspeakable, vile
    bad
    having undesirable or negative qualities
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