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.

Nearby words

  1. paillard,
  2. paillasse,
  3. paillette,
  4. paillon,
  5. paimio chair,
  6. pain in the neck,
  7. pain-pleasure principle,
  8. paine,
  9. paine, albert bigelow,
  10. paine, robert treat

Idioms

Origin of pain

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

SYNONYMS FOR pain
ANTONYMS FOR pain
3. joy, delight. 7. please.

Related formsun·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 under pain of

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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Word Origin and History for under pain of
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Medicine definitions for under pain of

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 under pain of

under pain of

see on pain of.

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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