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painful

adjective uk   us   /ˈpeɪn.fəl/
B1 causing emotional or physical pain: The old photograph brought back painful memories. A painful injury forced her to withdraw from the game. 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.
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