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painfully

adverb uk   /ˈpeɪn.fəl.i/ us  
in a way that causes pain: Without surgery, this animal will die slowly and painfully. used to emphasize a quality, action, or situation that is unpleasant or not wanted: I am painfully aware that I have made mistakes. It was a painfully slow journey.
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