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.
Idioms about pain
- un·der·pain, noun
- un·pain·ing, adjective
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How to use pain in a sentence
When designing, consider your potential customers’ preferences and pain points.How to drive digital innovation necessary during the pandemic | Nick Chasinov | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Roughly 80 percent of Americans have back pain at some point in their lives.The best thing for back pain is actually more movement | Sara Chodosh | September 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
Patients with myocarditis can experience chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue or a rapid or irregular heartbeat.College athletes show signs of possible heart injury after COVID-19 | Aimee Cunningham | September 11, 2020 | Science News
So it was the first time that I felt real pain of losing somebody.Sitcom Queen Tichina Arnold Got Funny to Avoid Spankings | Pallabi Munsi | September 10, 2020 | Ozy
Those people reported mostly mild side effects, such as headaches, fatigue and muscle pain.Here’s what pausing the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial really means | Aimee Cunningham | September 9, 2020 | Science News
He closed his eyes, imagining the virgins, imagining away the pain in his head and groin.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’ | Asawin Suebsaeng | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Throughout all the stories of loss and pain with the Chief, there was barely a trace of emotion.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He not only gives out pain — he is in constant, unrelenting pain.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
If laughter is the best medicine, The Comeback made you feel enough pain to need a dose—and then it delivered in spades.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards | Kevin Fallon | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Just two young kids experiencing the panic, pain, and then the miracle, of new birth.
He shrank, as from some one who inflicted pain as a child, unwittingly, to see what the effect would be.
She stabbed him, noting the effect upon him with a detached interest that seemed indifferent to his pain.
Each sentence came as if torn piecemeal from his unwilling tongue; short, jerky phrases, conceived in pain and delivered in agony.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
I laved his pain-twisted face with the cool water and let a few drops trickle into his open mouth.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Instinctively he tried to hide both pain and anger—it could only increase this distance that was already there.
British Dictionary definitions for pain
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with pain
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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