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  • n  emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid
  • n  the quality of being painful
    she feared the painfulness of childbirth

  • But her scenes are memorable in proportion to their painfulness.
  • He spent his ministry, he wrote, "in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness," finding himself "in perils .
  • The doctors decide each case separately, considering such matters as the painfulness of the treatment and the patient's chance for happiness during his possible remission.

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    I learned over many years about the benefits and the painfulness of absolute transparency in open source,said Marten Mickos, senior vice president of Sun's database group, in an interview Monday. "A little bit of debate never hurts. This...

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