Synonyms of painful in English:

painful


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adjective

1‘a painful arm’

SYNONYMS

sore, hurting, hurt, tender, aching, throbbing, smarting, burning, irritating, agonizing, excruciating

informal gut-wrenching

2‘a painful experience’

SYNONYMS

distressing, unpleasant, nasty, bitter, awful, disquieting, disturbing, upsetting, traumatic, miserable, wretched, sad, heartbreaking, heart-rending, agonizing, harrowing, mortifying

unendurable, unbearable, torturous, cruel, uncomfortable, disagreeable

rare distressful

ANTONYMS

pleasant, agreeable