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Dictionary Information: Definition Painful
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Description and Meaning: Pain

  Painful (Pain"ful) (?), a.

1. Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing Addison.
2. Requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march.
3. Painstaking; careful; industrious. [Obs.] Fuller. "A very painful person, and a great clerk." Jer. Taylor. "Nor must the painful husbandman be tired." Dryden.

Synonyms -- Disquieting; troublesome; afflictive; distressing; grievous; laborious; toilsome; difficult; arduous. -- Pain"ful*ly, adv. -- Pain"ful*ness, n.

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