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pain
British English: /peɪn/
American English: /peɪn/

Translation of pain in French:

noun

  • 1 (suffering) to feel pain, to be in pain he's caused me a lot of pain
    il m'a fait beaucoup souffrir
    the cramps are causing me a lot of pain
    les crampes me font très mal
    the pain of separation/loss
    la douleur de la séparation/perte
    to feel no pain
    [literal]
    ne ressentir aucune douleur
    (American English) [figurative] (be drunk)
    être soûl
    (informal)
  • 2 (localized) abdominal/chest pains
    douleurs (fpl) abdominales/à la poitrine
    period pains
    règles (fpl) douloureuses
    I have a pain in my arm
    j'ai mal au bras
    where is the pain?
    où avez-vous mal?
  • 3
    [informal]
    (annoying person, thing) See examples: she can be a real pain
    elle peut être très enquiquinante (informal) or énervante
    it's a real pain
    c'est très enquiquinant (informal)
    he gives me a pain
    il m'enquiquine (informal), il m'énerve
    he's a pain in the neck (informal)
    il est casse-pieds
    (informal)
    he's a pain in the arse (vulgar) (British English) ou ass (vulgar) (American English)
    il est emmerdant
    (slang)
  • 4on pain of death/of excommunication
    sous peine de mort/d'excommunication

also: pains plural noun

  • to be at pains to do something
    prendre grand soin de faire quelque chose
    I was at pains to speak very slowly
    j'ai pris (grand) soin de parler très lentement
    to take great pains over ou with something
    se donner beaucoup de mal pour faire quelque chose
    for my/his etc pains
    pour ma/sa etc peine
    he got a black eye for his pains
    pour tout remerciement il a eu droit à un œil au beurre noir

transitive verb

  • 1 (hurt) See examples: my leg pains me a little
    ma jambe me fait un peu mal
  • 2 [formal] (grieve) it pains me to have to tell you that …
    cela me chagrine de devoir vous dire que …

also: pained past participle adjective

  • with a pained expression
    d'un air affligé

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