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painful
American English: /ˈpeɪnfəl/
British English: /ˈpeɪnfʊl/
, /ˈpeɪnf(ə)l/

Translation of painful in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1.1 (physically) is it very painful?
    ¿duele mucho?
    Example sentences
    • The patches become itchy and painful, causing both physical and psychological discomfort.
    • He endured years of painful physical therapy after being adopted by Mia.
    • While he was doubled over, she reached for anything heavy, turning onto her stomach with painful difficulty.
    1.2 (mentally)
    (reminder)
    it is my painful duty to inform you …
    tengo el doloroso deber de informarles …
    it was painful to watch her wasting away
    daba pena or lástima or era doloroso ver como se consumía
    Example sentences
    • Make sure the bike fits you and not the other way round otherwise a few days of cycling might be an uncomfortable or painful experience.
    • Often what he expresses is the failure of sight, implying a painful or traumatic experience or image.
    • They felt some of the impact of their painful and distressing symptoms had been eased.
    1.3 (bad) [colloquial] his acting was really painful
    su actuación daba vergüenza ajena
    Example sentences
    • Going by the contortions of your average rock band, music is a painful and terribly serious duty.
    • Racism is a pernicious influence, but it's also a dangerous and painful accusation to level against someone.
    • I know it's serious, and very painful, but you can't help laughing when you read that

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