|1.||[ adjective ] causing physical or psychological pain|
"worked with painful slowness"
|Related terms:||painless sensitive burning poignant agonising agonizing prickling racking aching agonised chafed agonized saddle-sore smarting traumatic biting inhumane prickling harmful|
|2.||[ adjective ] causing misery or pain or distress|
"it was a sore trial to him" "the painful process of growing up"
|3.||[ adjective ] exceptionally bad or displeasing|
|Synonyms:||awful unspeakable terrible dreadful abominable atrocious|
"atrocious taste" "abominable workmanship" "an awful voice" "dreadful manners" "a painful performance" "terrible handwriting" "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
|4.||[ adjective ] causing physical discomfort|
"bites of black flies are more than irritating they can be very painful"