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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.]
    A very painful person, and a great clerk.   --Jer. Taylor.
    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) 2.0

      n : emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to
          avoid; "the pain of loneliness" [syn: pain] [ant: pleasure]