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English definition of “painful”

painful

adjective uk   /ˈpeɪn.fəl/ us  
B1 causing emotional or physical pain: The old photograph brought back painful memories. A painful injury forced her to withdraw from the game.Pain and painfulSaddening, shocking and upsetting If something is painful to watch or listen to, it is so bad that it makes you feel embarrassed: It was painful to listen to his pathetic excuses.Embarrassing
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