Adjective "pain" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury.
  1. count noun 'chest pains'
  2. 'Too much rest, or attempts to shield the injured part of your back when you move for fear of pain or making the injury worse, may hinder recovery.'
  3. 'Some of the people in the elders' ward are obviously in physical pain.'
  4. 'She was feeling the limits of her body and the pain of her wounds more surely than she could ever remember.'
  5. 'Mr McLean said his illness caused pain and confusion for his family, friends and himself.'
  6. 'But he did not feel hungry because he was in such pain from his injuries and could only concentrate on trying to get out.'
  7. 'Since the accident at 12, my life had dissolved into pain, illness, weakness and exhaustion.'
  8. 'The first sign of decay may be a sensation of pain when eating something sweet, very cold or very hot.'
  9. 'Patients and their physicians are familiar with acute pain or pain caused by injury.'
  10. 'I'd like to think he wouldn't have left us if he hadn't also been in physical pain.'
  11. 'She is recovering at home from her injuries but still suffers pain when lifted, according to her family.'
  12. 'The Special Adjudicator was right to consider whether it amounted to severe mental pain and suffering.'
  13. 'Being with people we don't like gives us pain; mainly emotional but it could be physical pain too.'
  14. 'However, I think these guys are mixing up physical pain and psychological pain.'
  15. 'She appeared to be in a great deal of physical and emotional pain, and her face was still so young and pristine.'
  16. 'We are not saying that feelings of sadness and pain over the loss of life is inappropriate.'
  17. 'Since being refused compensation Rosie has appealed and applied for a payment based on the family's pain and suffering.'
  18. 'Apart from my heart was swelling so much I thought it may explode, all my mental pain was gone.'
  19. 'It was also to remember her journey through pain, sorrow, loss and deprivation.'
  20. 'The family is in pain or in distress, and the therapist is called upon to help them and to find a way out of their dilemma.'
  21. 'More recently forms of aversion therapy and mental pain have been recognized in many psychiatric procedures.'
  22. 'she's a pain'
Great care or trouble.
  1. 'While always judged in retrospect in terms of their ability to predict a result, pollsters are at pains to emphasise that their numbers should never be regarded as predictive.'
  2. 'All three women were at pains to show the softer side of their husbands: romantic candle lit dinners, bunches of flowers, and tucking the kids into bed.'
  3. 'Taxidermists are at pains to point out that they merely preserve to ensure that humans' understanding of nature continues to grow.'
  4. 'White says no one could fail to understand the strategy, but is at pains to point out that making more money does not mean losing more jobs - quite the opposite.'
  5. 'The firm's advisers were at pains to claim that this was not a hostile move, but it is evident that the 810p per share price is not enough to satisfy investors.'
  6. 'Willie McSporran is chairman of the community council, although he is at pains to point out that this does not make his opinion more important than anyone else's.'
  7. 'In friendship we are at pains to avoid the embarrassment of a dissident disclosure, so we make sure that we know before we play which of the three options the other will choose.'
  8. 'But she is at pains to point out that her books - many about gritty subjects such as divorce and adoption - are not a retelling of her own early years.'
  9. 'He was at pains to stress that there won't be any pressure put on the newer members of the team, saying that he felt there had been ‘too much talk’ about some of them.'
  10. 'Howard was at pains to point out, however, that the labour needed to run a system like his would not be available to the vast majority of farmers.'


Cause mental or physical pain to.
  1. 'her legs had been paining her'
  2. 'One can't always be up-beat… but never mind that, it pains me for there to be so much stress and issues…'
  3. 'Later he retired because his wounds pained him, but he spent the last year of the war on a privateer attacking British shipping.'
  4. 'It physically pains me to give away the money which makes me feel comfortable and stable in this life.'
  5. 'He was pained by the abject poverty and the trouble women had to undergo to fetch water for the families.'
  6. 'I had noticed him make the movement before, and wondered if perhaps an old wound pained him there.'
  7. 'It pains me to have people worrying unnecessarily.'
  8. 'He looked fine, but it was obvious that he was wincing as he walked and that his right leg was paining him.'
  9. 'I have always tried to keep up my existing friendship networks, and it really pains me to realise that perhaps I don't have much in common with my old friends anymore.'
  10. 'Most of the staff know me by name and rush to greet me with a kiss on each cheek when I arrive, so it pains me to report, therefore, that I find Bastille's food is often quite average, sometimes even worse.'
  11. 'They had to find a way to get help - especially for Scott whose hip and leg were paining him something fierce in spite of his denial to his brother.'
  12. 'I moved slowly, feeling soft fabric around me, though my body pained me.'
  13. 'I wanted to see it so much my chest ached and pained with the frustration.'

More definitions

1. physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc.

2. a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body: a back pain.

3. mental or emotional suffering or torment: I am sorry my news causes you such pain.

4. pains. laborious or careful efforts; assiduous care: Great pains have been taken to repair the engine perfectly. the suffering of childbirth.

5. Informal. an annoying or troublesome person or thing. verb (used with object)

6. to cause physical p

More examples(as adjective)

"relievers can be pain."

"guilts can be pain."


Middle English (in the sense ‘suffering inflicted as punishment for an offence’): from Old French peine, from Latin poena ‘penalty’, later ‘pain’.


be at pains to do something
for one's pains
no pain, no gain
on (or under) pain of