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Dictionary definition for: Painful

1. (a) causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"

2. (s) causing misery or pain or distress; "it was a sore trial to him" "the painful process of growing up"

3. (s) 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"

4. (s) causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"

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