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painfulness

Roget category 830

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.2. Personal affections
›› 6.2.1. Passive affections

#830. [Capability of giving pain; cause or source of pain]. Painfulness

noun

painfulness etc. adj. — trouble, care etc. (pain) 828trialaffliction, inflictionblow, stroke, burden, load, cursebitter pill, bitter draughtwaters of bitterness.
annoyance, grievance, nuisance, vexation, mortification, sickenerbore, bother, pother, hot water, sea of troubles" [Hamlet], hornet's nest, plague, pest.
cancer, ulcer, sting, thorncanker etc. (bane) 663scorpion etc. (evil doer) 913dagger etc. (arms) 727scourge etc. (instrument of punishment) 975carking care, canker worm of care.
mishap, misfortune etc. (adversity) 735desagrement [Fr.], esclandre [Fr.], rub.
source of irritation, source of annoyancewound, open soresore subject, skeleton in the closetthorn in the flesh, thorn in one's sidewhere the shoe pinches, gall and wormwood.
sorry sight, heavy news, provocationaffront etc. 929head and front of one's offending" [Othello]. infestation, molestationmalignity etc. (malevolence) 907.

verb

cause pain, occasion pain, give pain, bring pain, induce pain, produce pain, create pain, inflict pain etc. 828pain, hurt, wound.
pinch, prick, gripe etc. (physical pain) 378pierce, lancinate, cut.
hurt the feelings, wound the feelings, grate upon the feelings, grate upon the nerves, jar upon the feelingswring the heart, pierce the heart, lacerate the heart, break the heart, rend the heartmake the heart bleedtear the heart strings, rend the heart strings draw tears from the eyes.
saddenmake unhappy etc. 828plunge into sorrow, grieve, fash, afflict, distresscut up, cut to the heart.
displease, annoy, incommode, discompose, trouble, disquietfaze, feaze, feeze [U.S.]disturb, cross, perplex, molest, tease, tire, irk, vex, mortify, wherret, worry, plague, bother, pester, bore, pother, harass, harry, badger, heckle, bait, beset, infest, persecute, importune.
wring, harrow, torment, torturebullyragput to the rack, put to the questionbreak on the wheel, rack, scarifycruciate, crucifyconvulse, agonizebarb the dartplant a dagger in the breast, plant a thorn in one's side.
irritate, provoke, sting, nettle, try the patience, pique, fret, rile, tweak the nose, chafe, gallsting to the quick, wound to the quick, cut to the quickaggrieve, affront, enchafe, enrage, ruffle, sour the tempergive offense etc. (resentment) 900.
maltreat, bite, snap at, assailsmite etc. (punish) 972.
sicken, disgust, revolt, nauseate, disenchant, repel, offend, shock, stink in the nostrilsgo against the stomach, turn the stomachmake one sick, set the teeth on edge, go against the grain, grate on the earstick in one's throat, stick in one's gizzardrankle, gnaw, corrode, horrify, appal, appall, freeze the bloodmake the flesh creep, make the hair stand on endmake the blood curdle, make the blood run coldmake one shudder.
haunt the memoryweigh on the heart, prey on the heart, weigh on the mind, prey on the mind, weigh on the spirits, prey on the spiritsbring one's gray hairs with sorrow to the bring one's gray hairs with sorrow to the graveadd a nail to one's coffin.

adjective

causing pain, hurting etc. v. — hurtful etc. (bad) 649painfuldolorific, dolorousunpleasantunpleasing, displeasingdisagreeable, unpalatable, bitter, distastefuluninvitingunwelcomeundesirable, undesiredobnoxiousunacceptable, unpopular, thankless.
unsatisfactory, untoward, unlucky, uncomfortable.
distressingafflicting, afflictivejoyless, cheerless, comfortlessdismal, dishearteningdepressing, depressivedreary, melancholy, grievous, piteouswoeful, rueful, mournful, deplorable, pitiable, lamentablesad, affecting, touching, pathetic.
irritating, provoking, stinging, annoying, aggravating, mortifying, gallingunaccommodating, invidious, vexatioustroublesome, tiresome, irksome, wearisomeplaguing, plaguyawkward.
importunateteasing, pestering, bothering, harassing, worrying, tormenting, carking.
intolerable, insufferable, insupportableunbearable, unendurablepast bearingnot to be borne, not to be enduredmore than flesh and blood can bearenough to drive one mad, enough to provoke a saint, enough to make a parson swear, enough to gag a maggot.
shocking, terrific, grim, appalling, crushingdreadful, fearful, frightfulthrilling, tremendous, direheart-breaking, heart-rending, heart-wounding, heart-corroding, heart-sickeningharrowing, rending.
odious, hateful, execrable, repulsive, repellent, abhorrenthorrid, horrible, horrific, horrifyingoffensive.
nauseous, nauseatingdisgusting, sickening, revoltingnastyloathsome, loathfulfulsomevile etc. (bad) 649hideous etc. 846.
sharp, acute, sore, severe, grave, hard, harsh, cruel, biting, causticcutting, corroding, consuming, racking, excruciating, searching, grinding, grating, agonizingenvenomedcatheretic, pyrotic [Med.].
ruinous, disastrous, calamitous, tragicaldesolating, witheringburdensome, onerous, oppressivecumbrous, cumbersome.

adverb

painfully etc. adj. — with pain etc. 828deuced.

interjection

hinc illae lachrymae! [Lat.],

phrase

surgit amari aliquid [Lat.]the place being too hot to hold onethe iron entering into the soulhe jests at scars that never felt a wound" [Romeo and Juliet]; I must be cruel only to be kind" [Hamlet]; what deep wounds ever closed without a scar? [Byron].



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