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
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adj 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";
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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adj causing physical discomfort

“they can be very painful
Synonyms:
irritating
uncomfortable
providing or experiencing physical discomfort

adj 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

adj exceptionally bad or displeasing

“a painful performance”
Synonyms:
abominable, abysmal, atrocious, awful, dreadful, terrible, unspeakable
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities

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