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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Painful  \Pain"ful\,  a. 
  1.  Full  of  pain;  causing  uneasiness  or  distress,  either 
  physical  or  mental;  afflictive;  disquieting;  distressing. 
  2.  Requiring  labor  or  toil;  difficult;  executed  with 
  laborious  effort;  as  a  painful  service;  a  painful  march. 
  3.  Painstaking;  careful;  industrious.  [Obs.]  --Fuller. 
  A  very  painful  person,  and  a  great  clerk.  --Jer. 
  Nor  must  the  painful  husbandman  be  tired.  --Dryden. 
  Syn:  Disquieting;  troublesome;  afflictive;  distressing; 
  grievous;  laborious;  toilsome;  difficult;  arduous.  -- 
  {Pain"ful*ly},  adv  --  {Pain"ful*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  causing  physical  or  psychological  pain;  "worked  with  painful 
  slowness"  [ant:  {painless}] 
  2:  causing  misery  or  pain  or  distress;  "it  was  a  sore  trial  to 
  him";  "the  painful  process  of  growing  up"  [syn:  {afflictive}, 
  3:  exceptionally  bad  or  displeasing;  "atrocious  taste"; 
  "abominable  workmanship";  "an  awful  voice";  "dreadful 
  manners";  "a  painful  performance";  "terrible  handwriting"; 
  "an  unspeakable  odor  came  sweeping  into  the  room"  [syn:  {atrocious}, 
  {abominable},  {awful},  {dreadful},  {terrible},  {unspeakable}] 
  4:  causing  physical  discomfort;  "bites  of  black  flies  are  more 
  than  irritating;  they  can  be  very  painful"  [syn:  {irritating}] 

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