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marked by, causing, or experiencing physical pain

difficult to accept

Synonyms for painful

causing physical or psychological pain

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causing misery or pain or distress

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exceptionally bad or displeasing

causing physical discomfort

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That gymnastic exercises are useful, and in what manner, is admitted; for during youth it is very proper to go through a course of those which are most gentle, omitting that violent diet and those painful exercises which are prescribed as necessary; that they may not prevent the growth of the body: and it is no small proof that they have this effect, that amongst the Olympic candidates we can scarce find two or three who have gained a victory both when boys and men: because the necessary exercises they went through when young deprived them of their strength.
The lady acknowledged that it would be indescribably painful to her to answer that question.
Would it be painful to you to reveal the circumstances--in the interests of the gentleman's future prospects--to some discreet person (a legal person would be best) who is not, what I am, a stranger to you both?
Now that my mother's idea had found its way from her mind to mine, the impression produced on me was painful in the last degree.
If I can prevail on you to read certain clauses in it, under my superintendence, you will make your own discovery of the circumstances which I am here to disclose -circumstances so painful that I hardly know how to communicate them to you with my own lips.
I will not make your hard duty, sir, more painful to you than I can help," she resumed.
Forward then did he proceed on his tedious journey, which, at every step, grew more painful.
She was a woman of honest direct habits, and little likely to take so low a course in order to arrive at painful knowledge; but fear was stronger than the calculation of probabilities.
His chief reward for the painful exertion of disclosing past sorrows and present humiliations, was given in the pitying eye with which Marianne sometimes observed him, and the gentleness of her voice whenever (though it did not often happen) she was obliged, or could oblige herself to speak to him.
The recollection of what I then said, of my conduct, my manners, my expressions during the whole of it, is now, and has been many months, inexpressibly painful to me.
He thought he could conquer his bitterness towards Adam now--could offer him his hand, and ask to be his friend again, in spite of that painful memory which would still make his ears burn.
I can only ask," he added, "that you will be more than ever kind to me--to us--and look on the painful duty as a voluntary act of grace, prompted by kindness and affection.
It consists in some defect or ugliness which is not painful or destructive.
How painful to see these suffering children, and to be unable to help them
It would indeed give me most painful sensations to know that it were not in your power to receive me.