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pain

[ peyn ]
/ peɪn /
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noun
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

synonym study for pain

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM pain

un·der·pain, nounun·pain·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pain

pain
/ (peɪn) /

noun
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
verb (tr)
to cause (a person) distress, hurt, grief, anxiety, etc
informal to annoy; irritate
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Word Origin for pain

C13: from Old French peine, from Latin poena punishment, grief, from Greek poinē penalty
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Medical definitions for pain

pain
[ pān ]

n.
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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