Definitions

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  • adv. In a painful manner; as if in pain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a painful manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in or as if in pain
  • adv. unpleasantly

Etymologies

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painful +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Supported by the starchitects, the media's so-called 'architectural Bert de Muynck is an architect, writer and director of movingcities. org He lives and works in Beijing, China. critics', a term painfully and mistakenly used by those who occasionally write about buildings and architects, have made a 'good cop, bad cop' deal with the city of Beijing.

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  • I started this reluctantly this morning because I thought it would contain painfully personal connections (MiL had early-onset Alzheimer's), and it did, and because I thought it would be too short (and it was).

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  • “It is a shame,” I heard Johnson growling in painfully slow and correct English.

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  • But today Americans are searching desperately for employment in painfully high numbers.

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  • I remain painfully aware that gestures of appreciation offered here will mean little to the individuals who merit them most: the women and men of Magude district, and most especially of Facazisse, who tolerated my strange ways, who opened their homes and their hearts to me, and who will not likely ever see or read this product of our combined efforts.

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  • Although the idea of him slowly wasting away painfully is more appealing to me.

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  • Dad (lifting himself painfully from the floor): If you people had just done what I told you to do … things would have turned out OK.

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  • They saw the pillars of society pulled dowry by an unseen Samson and watched the victims crawling painfully from the ruins.

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  • "It is a shame," I heard Johnson growling in painfully slow and correct English.

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  • I listened, but caught no tone of her sharp voice, which usually came painfully from the back regions of the house; it would ill have harmonized with the sweet autumn day and the robin's song.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

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