painful painful  /ˈpeɪn fəl/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) causing physical or psychological pain
  2. (adj) causing misery or pain or distress
  3. (adj) exceptionally bad or displeasing
  4. (adj) causing physical discomfort

Usage(s):

  1. The most painful conversation I keep overhearing--other than.
  2. It was quite painful, so I threw up my hands and went to the Emergency Room with my wife.

News

  1. Lack of dental care keeps many out of jobs

    With five broken teeth, three cavities and a painful gum abscess spreading to her sinuses, Patty Kennedy knew she had to get in line early for a free dental clinic held last month in San Jose, Calif.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: MSN

  2. Bad teeth, broken dreams: Lack of dental care keeps many out of jobs

    With five broken teeth, three cavities and a painful gum abscess spreading to her sinuses, Patty Kennedy knew she had to get in line early for a free dental clinic held last month in San Jose, Calif.The 53-year-old woman from Modesto, nearly 100 miles away, was counting on the care to repair not only her smile and her worsening health -- but also her chances of getting a job.“I’d love to work at ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Orr: 'Painful sacrifices' are needed to avoid bankruptcy

    Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr laid out his goals for restructuring Detroit during a packed public hearing Monday night, saying 'painful sacrifices' will be required if the city is to avoid financial collapse.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Detroit News

Quotes

  1. "There's going to be a harmful affect on many local businesses and it's going to be painful for a lot of folks. But I promise you this, things are going to return to normal. This region that has known a lot of hardship will bounce back just like...
    on Jun 14, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: CNN

  2. "My entire family wanted to be here tonight, but it was just too painful so they elected me to speak with all of you," Janet Jackson said. "I'd just like to say that, to you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family and he will forever...
    on Jun 29, 2009 By: Janet Jackson Source: AFP

  3. "I'm resigning rather than put my family through a painful drawn out process," Souder said at a hastily called news conference in his home district in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
    on May 18, 2010 By: Mark Souder Source: Reuters

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