Definition of painfulness in US English:



  • See painful

    • ‘The plot is straightforward and predictable to the point of painfulness.’
    • ‘Having lived alone for periods at one time, I can vouch for its painfulness; and also the opportunity for self-examination.’
    • ‘He conveys the painfulness of life without condemning life.’
    • ‘Lately I've been thinking - and dreaming - about people I've loved who have died, about the painfulness of losing them and how it never really goes away, just becomes different with the passage of time.’
    • ‘Having previously described the painfulness of chest tube removal, my colleagues and I decided to intervene.’