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  • n. The state or quality of being painful, of causing pain.
  • n. The state or quality of being tedious, of requiring great care.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being painful, in any sense of that word.

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

  • n. the quality of being painful
  • n. emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid


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painful +‎ -ness


  • Last summer, when I was asked to join a "Kalachakra" -- a circle-of-life pilgrimage, this one actually where Prince Siddhartha discovered the realities of the world under the Bodhi Tree and abdicated his throne to try to show people a way to deal with life's painfulness, disease and death among them -- I jumped at the chance.

    Jim Luce: Following The Footsteps Of The Buddha Across North East India

  • From "I would not be able to get through life had I not been able to view its painfulness in a comedic way," he once told a reporter.

    Blake Edwards dead at 88

  • Dr. Duncan further explains that the regular insertion of a feeding tube damages the birds 'esophagi, which exacerbates the painfulness of each force feeding, and that "[t] he birds' obesity will lead to myriad other problems from skeletal disorders to difficulties in coping with heat stress, and all of which are accompanied by feelings of malaise. "

    Bruce Friedrich: Scientific Evidence Proves: Foie Gras is Foul

  • Yes, the first half of the week I was pretty terrified, and gripped the wheel almost to the point of painfulness; and I still get terribly lost, and frustrated when I do though increasingly less so; and I stress about people behind me, and irritating them, and getting honked at.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • The day will come when all the painfulness of this life will be resolved and healed and those who make it to heaven will enjoy the subsequent peace eternally.

    Feminist outrage & the banality of abortion (UPDATED)

  • The question is: in what does the painfulness, the hurting quality, of pains consist?


  • In other words, the painfulness of pains was constituted by their power to immediately


  • How do you raise awareness about these issues, show the inspiration and heroism of the wounded, without whitewashing the painfulness and seriousness of their story?

    Katie Halper: Alive Day Memories: Interview with a Soldier

  • But she had not reckoned on the painfulness of the lesson.

    The Blackstone Key

  • The film's moments of spot-on hilarity overcome its occasional descents into painfulness, something that unfortunately can't be said as easily for the sequels.

    Dust Forms Words 100 Must-See Movies: 51 to 60


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  • Metapsychology: 'Grahek offers a prima facie dismissal of what many philosophers take to be a conceptual truth, i.e. that pain sensation and painfulness are inseparable. Actually, says Grahek, it doesn't require any a priori, philosophical, argument to tear apart such conceptual identification. All we have to do is to look at the clinical evidence concerning pain, specifically to two dissociation syndromes which seem to show that pain without painfulness and painfulness without pain, are possible. The book is mainly concerned with the syndrome called pain asymbolia, in which subjects report to feel pain deprived of its painful quality...'

    November 12, 2008