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painful

  

      adj  
1    causing pain; distressing  
a painful duty     
2    affected with pain  
a painful leg     
3    tedious or difficult  
4    Informal   extremely bad  
a painful performance     
  painfully      adv  
  painfulness      n  
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painful

  
1    afflictive, disagreeable, distasteful, distressing, grievous, saddening, unpleasant  
2    aching, agonizing, excruciating, harrowing, hurting, inflamed, raw, smarting, sore, tender, throbbing  
3    arduous, difficult, hard, laborious, severe, tedious, troublesome, trying, vexatious  
4      (informal)   abysmal, awful, dire, dreadful, excruciating, extremely bad, godawful, terrible  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    agreeable, enjoyable, pleasant, satisfying  
2    comforting, painless, relieving, soothing  
3    a piece of cake     (informal)   easy, effortless, interesting, short, simple, straightforward, undemanding  

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