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pain

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a sharp unpleasant sensation usually felt in some specific part of the body
  • the child was crying because of a pain in her knee

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2 a state of great suffering of body or mind
  • a sprained ankle caused him great pain for a week

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3 pains plural strict attentiveness to what one is doing
  • asked the movers to take pains to be sure that they didn't damage anything while moving the furniture

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4 pains plural the active use of energy in producing a result
  • she was at pains to reassure us that everything would be fine

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5 one who is obnoxiously annoying
  • sometimes that child, who apparently never tires of asking questions, can be such a pain

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pain

verb

Synonyms of pain (Entry 2 of 2)

to feel or cause physical pain
  • my poor head was paining so from all that racket

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The first known use of pain was in the 14th century

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“Pain.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pain. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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