painfully painfully  /ˈpeɪn fə li/

Definition(s):

  1. (adv) unpleasantly
  2. (adv) in or as if in pain

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Noah Baumbach thinks he's funny, though his intermittent gags fizzle painfully.
  2. Slaughterhouse-Five is a cynical novel, but beneath the bitter, grim-jawed humor is a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the 20th century.
  3. It was reasonably agile on land, considering, and fairly maneuverable on water, if painfully slow, with a top speed of 7 mph.

News

  1. Indie rock band Parquet Courts brings jangly, propulsive fun back to genre

    The loose, lanky tease of '90s indie music has largely been stripped from the genre since its heyday, replaced by painfully twee folk-pop and nebulous psychedelic experiments heralded by crushing volume.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Boulder Daily Camera

  2. Over/Under: Aaron Hernandez is about to tattoo the competition

    Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing over/unders this week. With Rob Gronkowski a giant-sized question mark and Danny Amendola constructed from Waterford crystal, season receptions for Aaron Hernandez 74.5 Brandon – [...]
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Roto Arcade via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Over/Under: Exactly how much should Puig pull via trade?

    Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing over/unders this week. Imagine you're a Yasiel Puig owner in a non-keeper mixed league who is looking to cash in on the hype. Which of [...]
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Roto Arcade via Yahoo! Sports

Quotes

  1. "The whole thing makes me feel badly. The poor man, there's such a sickness there," Shatner said in a video interview with his daughter, Lisbeth. "It's so painfully obvious that there is such a psychosis there. I don't know what his original...
    on Oct 23, 2008 By: William Shatner Source: TurnTo23.com

  2. "The securities industry has already lost tens of thousands of jobs, and the industry is still continuing to write off toxic assets," DiNapoli said in a written statement. "It's painfully obvious that 2009 will probably be another difficult...
    on Jan 28, 2009 By: Thomas DiNapoli Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. In a statement posted on the website, Bezos said the remote removal was "stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles", adding: "We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going...
    on Jan 5, 2010 By: Jeff Bezos Source: Independent

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