- hurt; injured.
- showing or expressing distress, anguish, or resentment: a pained look in reply to a sarcastic remark.
Origin of pained
- physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc.
- a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body: a back pain.
- mental or emotional suffering or torment: I am sorry my news causes you such pain.
- laborious or careful efforts; assiduous care: Great pains have been taken to repair the engine perfectly.
- the suffering of childbirth.
- Informal. an annoying or troublesome person or thing.
- to cause physical pain to; hurt.
- to cause (someone) mental or emotional pain; distress: Your sarcasm pained me.
- to have or give pain.
Origin of pain
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Examples from the Web for pained
Cosby conspiracy theorists share a perspective born of a long, pained history of American racism.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
Cooper spoke of how pained he was that Garner will never get that chance with his own kids.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
Or so the chapter titles formally name him, in a nod, perhaps, to his pained formality.A Different Kind of Vietnam Story
October 9, 2014
A pained Gallo makes it clear who he thinks the real victims are when he cries “why they want to see us suffer?”Wesleyan Rap Genius: “We Have Girlfriends. How Can We Promote Sexual Assault?”
June 6, 2014
A pained Yanukovych made his last and most gloomy video address to the Ukrainian people.Where in the World Is Yanukovych?
February 25, 2014
I confess, Eudora, it pained me to see you listen to his idle flattery.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Yet he was pained at the information imparted by his sister Winnie who was good.The Secret Agent
He tossed my hand from him with a whirl, that pained my very shoulder.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
He put his hands up to his head, as if it throbbed or pained him.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Mr. Withells stood stock-still where he was, in pained astonishment.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
- having or expressing pain or distress, esp mental or emotional distressa pained expression
- the sensation of acute physical hurt or discomfort caused by injury, illness, etc
- emotional suffering or mental distress
- on pain of subject to the penalty of
- Also called: pain in the neck, (taboo) pain in the arse informal a person or thing that is a nuisance
- to cause (a person) distress, hurt, grief, anxiety, etc
- informal to annoy; irritate
Word Origin and History for pained
late 13c., "punishment," especially for a crime; also "condition one feels when hurt, opposite of pleasure," from Old French peine "difficulty, woe, suffering, punishment, Hell's torments" (11c.), from Latin poena "punishment, penalty, retribution, indemnification" (in Late Latin also "torment, hardship, suffering"), from Greek poine "retribution, penalty, quit-money for spilled blood," from PIE *kwei- "to pay, atone, compensate" (see penal). The earliest sense in English survives in phrase on pain of death.
Phrase to give (someone) a pain "be annoying and irritating" is from 1908; localized as pain in the neck (1924) and pain in the ass (1934), though this last might have gone long unrecorded and be the original sense and the others euphemisms. Pains "great care taken (for some purpose)" is first recorded 1520s (in the singular in this sense, it is attested from c.1300). First record of pain-killer is from 1853.
c.1300, "to exert or strain oneself, strive; endeavor," from Old French pener (v.) "to hurt, cause pain," from peine, and from Middle English peine (n.); see pain (n.). Transitive meaning "cause pain; inflict pain" is from late 14c. That of "to cause sorrow, grief, or unhappiness" also is from late 14c. Related: Pained; paining.
- An unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury, disease, or emotional disorder.
- One of the uterine contractions occurring in childbirth.