Translation of painful in Spanish:

painful

Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪnfəl/

adj

  • 1.1 (physically) doloroso is it very painful? ¿duele mucho?
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    • 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) [task] desagradable; [reminder] doloroso 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
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    • 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/familiar] de pena [familiar/colloquial], pésimo his acting was really painful su actuación daba vergüenza ajena
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    • 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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