painfulness

Definitions of painfulness
  1. noun
    the quality of being painful
    “she feared the painfulness of childbirth”
    synonyms: distressingness
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    types:
    sharpness
    the quality of being keenly and painfully felt
    type of:
    quality
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  2. noun
    emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid
    synonyms: pain
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    Antonyms:
    pleasance, pleasure
    a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience
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    growing pains
    emotional distress arising during adolescence
    unpleasantness
    the feeling caused by disagreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling
    mental anguish
    sustained dull painful emotion
    hurt, suffering
    feelings of mental or physical pain
    distress, hurt, suffering
    psychological suffering
    agony, torment, torture
    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    throes
    violent pangs of suffering
    discomfort, irritation, soreness
    an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress
    anguish, torment, torture
    extreme mental distress
    self-torment, self-torture
    self-imposed distress
    tsoris
    (Yiddish) trouble and suffering
    wound
    a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
    type of:
    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
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