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pain·ful

painful

 
 
pronunciation:
peIn fl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: causing pain.
The injury was so painful that I cried.
similar words:
bitter, distressing, excruciating, smarting, sore, stinging
definition 2: hard to accept or do.
It was painful for him to move away from his friends.
synonyms:
disagreeable, distasteful, distressing, hard, unpleasant
similar words:
difficult, heavy, tough, troubling
derivations: painfully (adv.), painfulness (n.)
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The word painful contains the following part:
-ful1 Old English adjective-forming suffix that means full of
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The suffix -ful1 attaches to native English nouns to form adjectives.