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We found 33 dictionaries with English definitions that include the word painful:
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General dictionaries General (29 matching dictionaries)
  1. painful: Merriam-Webster.com [home, info]
  2. painful: Oxford Dictionaries [home, info]
  3. painful: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
  4. painful: Collins English Dictionary [home, info]
  5. painful: Vocabulary.com [home, info]
  6. painful: Macmillan Dictionary [home, info]
  7. Painful, painful: Wordnik [home, info]
  8. painful: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary [home, info]
  9. painful: Wiktionary [home, info]
  10. painful: Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Ed. [home, info]
  11. painful: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus [home, info]
  12. painful: Infoplease Dictionary [home, info]
  13. painful: Dictionary.com [home, info]
  14. painful: UltraLingua English Dictionary [home, info]
  15. painful: Cambridge Dictionary of American English [home, info]
  16. Painful (album), Painful: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia [home, info]
  17. Painful: Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
  18. painful: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition [home, info]
  19. painful: Rhymezone [home, info]
  20. painful: AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary [home, info]
  21. painful: Webster's 1828 Dictionary [home, info]
  22. painful: Free Dictionary [home, info]
  23. painful: Mnemonic Dictionary [home, info]
  24. painful: WordNet 1.7 Vocabulary Helper [home, info]
  25. painful: LookWAYup Translating Dictionary/Thesaurus [home, info]
  26. painful: Dictionary/thesaurus [home, info]
  27. painful: Wikimedia Commons US English Pronunciations [home, info]

Business dictionaries Business (1 matching dictionary)
  1. painful: Legal dictionary [home, info]

Computing dictionaries Computing (1 matching dictionary)
  1. painful: Encyclopedia [home, info]

Medicine dictionaries Medicine (1 matching dictionary)
  1. painful: online medical dictionary [home, info]

Slang dictionaries Slang (1 matching dictionary)
  1. Painful: Urban Dictionary [home, info]

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Quick definitions from WordNet (painful)

adjective:  causing physical or psychological pain ("Worked with painful slowness")
adjective:  causing misery or pain or distress ("The painful process of growing up")
adjective:  causing physical discomfort ("They can be very painful")
adjective:  exceptionally bad or displeasing ("A painful performance")

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Phrases that include painful:   painful menstrual periods, les rivaux de painful gulch, menstruation - painful, menstruation painful, painful and long lasting election, more...

Words similar to painful:   sore, abominable, afflictive, atrocious, awful, dreadful, irritating, painfuller, painfullest, painfully, painfulness, terrible, unspeakable, smarting, more...

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