Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Giving pain; distressing.

Part of speech: adjective

Requiring care; arduous.

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Usage examples "painful":

  1. They were too painful to permit of speech. - "The White Gauntlet", Mayne Reid.
  2. Oh, how painful it is for a man not to be able to share his grief." - "The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc", Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba.
  3. His will was his last painful effort to prevent this being done. - "Delia Blanchflower", Mrs. Humphry Ward.