Synonyms and Antonyms of painful
causing or feeling bodily pain
- Her broken arm was too painful for her to go on the trip.
agonizing, excruciating, torturous
damaging, deleterious, detrimental, harmful, hurtful, injurious, noxious, pernicious
bleeding, burning, chafing, cramping, festering
itching, nagging, pinching, pricking, prickling, smarting, stinging
inflamed (also enflamed), swollen
grievous, severe, threatening, wounding
hard to accept or bear especially emotionally
- It's been very painful to accept that my grandfather is gone forever.
afflicting, agonizing, bitter, cruel, excruciating, galling, grievous, harrowing, harsh, heartrending, hurtful, tormenting, torturous
insufferable, insupportable, intolerable, unacceptable, unbearable, unendurable, unsupportable
appalling, awful, bad, dire, dreadful, ghastly, horrible, miserable, nasty, rotten, severe, terrible, vile, wretched
acute, extreme, intense, piercing