painful Definition

  • 1causing physical or emotional pain
  • 2difficult or unpleasant to deal with

Using painful: Examples

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

  • Example

    The injury was very painful.

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    It was a painful experience for her.

  • Example

    The process of learning a new language can be painful.

  • Example

    The company had to make some painful decisions in order to stay afloat.

painful Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with painful

  • painful memories

    memories that are difficult or unpleasant to remember


    She has many painful memories of her childhood.

  • a truth that is difficult or unpleasant to accept


    The painful truth is that we cannot afford to buy a new car right now.

  • an uncomfortable silence, often due to tension or awkwardness


    After the argument, there was a painful silence between them.


Summary: painful in Brief

The term 'painful' [ˈpeɪnfl] describes something that causes physical or emotional pain, or is difficult or unpleasant to deal with. It can refer to physical injuries or emotional experiences, such as 'The injury was very painful,' or 'It was a painful experience for her.' 'Painful' also extends to phrases like 'painful memories,' and 'painful truth,' which denote difficult or unpleasant aspects of memory or truth.

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