[ peyn ]
/ peɪn /
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.
verb (used with object)
to cause physical pain to; hurt.
to cause (someone) mental or emotional pain; distress: Your sarcasm pained me.
verb (used without object)
to have or give pain.
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Origin of pain
1250–1300; Middle English peine punishment, torture, pain < Old French < Latin poena penalty, pain < Greek poinḗ penalty
SYNONYMS FOR pain
Related formsun·der·pain, nounun·pain·ing, adjective
1–3. Pain , ache , agony , anguish are terms for sensations causing suffering or torment. Pain and ache usually refer to physical sensations (except heartache ); agony and anguish may be physical or mental. Pain suggests a sudden sharp twinge: a pain in one's ankle. Ache applies to a continuous pain, whether acute or dull: headache; muscular aches. Agony implies a continuous, excruciating, scarcely endurable pain: in agony from a wound. Anguish suggests not only extreme and long-continued pain, but also a feeling of despair. 4a. See care.
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British Dictionary definitions for feel no pain
/ (peɪn) /
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
See also pains
Word Origin for pain
C13: from Old French peine, from Latin poena punishment, grief, from Greek poinē penalty
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Medicine definitions for feel no pain
[ pān ]
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with feel no pain (1 of 2)
feel no pain
Be intoxicated, as in After six beers he was feeling no pain. This expression alludes to being oblivious to pain because of the consumption of a large amount of liquor. [Slang; mid-1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with feel no pain (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with pain
- pain in the neck
- at pains
- feel no pain
- for one's pains
- growing pains
- no pain, no gain
- on pain of
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