pain

[ peyn ]
/ peɪn /

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.

Idioms

Origin of pain

1250–1300; Middle English peine punishment, torture, pain < Old French < Latin poena penalty, pain < Greek poinḗ penalty

Related forms

un·der·pain, nounun·pain·ing, adjective

Synonym study

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 pains (1 of 2)

pains

/ (peɪnz) /

pl n

care, trouble, or effort (esp in the phrases take pains, be at pains to)
painful sensations experienced during contractions in childbirth; labour pains

British Dictionary definitions for pains (2 of 2)

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
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 pains

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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Idioms and Phrases with pains

pain


In addition to the idioms beginning with pain

  • pain in the neck

also see:

  • at pains
  • feel no pain
  • for one's pains
  • growing pains
  • no pain, no gain
  • on pain of
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