pain Definition

  • 1physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury
  • 2mental suffering or distress

Using pain: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pain" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She felt a sharp pain in her back.

  • Example

    The pain in his knee made it difficult to walk.

  • Example

    He was in excruciating pain after the accident.

  • Example

    The pain of losing a loved one is indescribable.

pain Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for pain

Idioms Using pain

  • a pain in the neck

    someone or something that is annoying or troublesome


    My neighbor's loud music is a real pain in the neck.

  • feel someone's pain

    to empathize with someone who is experiencing suffering or distress


    I feel your pain, losing a pet is never easy.

  • to push someone to their physical or mental limits in order to achieve a goal


    The coach put the team through the pain barrier during training to prepare them for the upcoming game.

Phrases with pain

  • no pain, no gain

    you have to work hard and suffer in order to achieve something


    I know it's tough, but remember, no pain, no gain.

  • to relieve someone's suffering or distress


    She tried to take the pain away by offering words of comfort.

  • to describe something in a way that emphasizes its negative aspects or causes emotional distress


    The author paints a vivid picture of pain and suffering in her novel.

Origins of pain

from Old French 'peine', from Latin 'poena', meaning 'punishment'


Summary: pain in Brief

The term 'pain' [peษชn] refers to physical or mental suffering or discomfort. It can be caused by illness, injury, or distress, as in 'She felt a sharp pain in her back.' 'Pain' extends into phrases like 'no pain, no gain,' and idioms like 'a pain in the neck,' denoting annoyance or trouble. It also includes 'feel someone's pain,' which means to empathize with someone who is experiencing suffering or distress.

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