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painful

adjective

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1 causing or feeling bodily pain
  • a very painful toothache
  • her broken arm was too painful for her to go on the trip

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2 hard to accept or bear especially emotionally
  • it's been very painful to accept that my father is gone forever

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

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“Painful.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/painful. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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