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Definition of painful:

  1. causing physical discomfort; " bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"
  2. Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing.
  3. Painstaking; careful; industrious.
  4. Requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march.

Synonyms:

agonizing, irritable, awesome, aching, bitter, raw, galling, dread, plaguy, biting, vexatious, healthy, irritated, frightful, torturing, sad, amazing, agonising, embarrassing, dreaded, depressing, ignominious, nettlesome, embarrassed, worrying, dire, shameful, irritative, awful, nasty, excruciating, indigestible, unhappy, traumatic, indescribable, dreadful, mad, flagitious, chapped, torturesome, execrable, humiliating, terrible, poignant, dismal, agonized, awed, crippling, agonised, awing, nagging, tragic, unspeakable, sharp, tender, racking, atrocious, undignified, irritating, plaguey, sore, distressing, pestiferous, harrowing, torturous, awkward, heartrending, ineffable, fearful, ugly, bad, caustic, extreme, chronic, teasing, achy, horrifying, angry, disturbing, horrific, sensitive, horrible, indefinable, smarting, unutterable, distasteful, inflamed, burned, like, detestable, vexing, abominable, harsh, guilty, uncomfortable, unpleasant, unpalatable, pestering, wicked, tremendous, frightening, huffy, direful, comfortable, awe-inspiring, fearsome, unnameable, afflicting, pesky, hurting, heartbreaking, untellable, unfortunate, saddle-sore, chafed, afflictive, monstrous, wrenching, burning, upsetting, pain, galled.

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