One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a painful arm’
sore, hurting, hurt, tender, aching, throbbing, smarting, burning, irritating, agonizing, excruciating
2‘a painful experience’
distressing, unpleasant, nasty, bitter, awful, disquieting, disturbing, upsetting, traumatic, miserable, wretched, sad, heartbreaking, heart-rending, agonizing, harrowing, mortifying
unendurable, unbearable, torturous, cruel, uncomfortable, disagreeable
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