Examples of painful in a Sentence
I got a painful sunburn.
We can't ignore our country's painful history of slavery.
His questions brought up a lot of painful memories.
It was painful to watch.
Recent Examples of painful from the Web
But the most painful and powerful memories were of her mother Yvonne, her lifelong inspiration, dying slowly of typhus in Belsen after a 45-mile death march at the war’s end.
And why does the People's Elbow look more painful for The Rock than the victim?
In addition to species that cause common skin infections such as roundworm and athlete’s foot, other strains cause internal infections that can lead to painful mouth lesions, swollen lymph nodes, and even death.
The idea was made more painful by the fact that the rest of the group is off from their respective jobs Monday.
His whole life was a painful [back and forth] between the light, to which the composer so strived, and the call of carnal passions, perceived by him as diabolical temptation.
Many citizens will have to accept painful changes, such as reduced subsidies and fewer public-sector jobs, if the plan is to succeed.
However, the fiscal impact of these miracle cures is increasingly painful for national treasuries.
After decades of lawsuits, public campaigns and painful struggles, Americans have finally done what once seemed impossible: Most of the country has quit smoking, saving millions of lives and leading to massive reductions in cancer.
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First Known Use of painful
PAINFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of painful for English Language Learners
: causing pain to your body
: causing emotional pain
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