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

 pain·ful /ˈpenfəl/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 pain·ful /ˈpenfəl/ 形容詞

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

      adj 1: causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful
             slowness" [ant: painless]
      2: causing misery or pain or distress; "it was a sore trial to
         him"; "the painful process of growing up" [syn: afflictive,
      3: 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" [syn: atrocious,
          abominable, awful, dreadful, terrible, unspeakable]
      4: causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more
         than irritating; they can be very painful" [syn: irritating]