painful Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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uk   us   /ˈpeɪn.fəl/
B1 causingemotional or ​physicalpain: The ​oldphotographbrought back painful ​memories. A painful ​injuryforced her to ​withdraw from the ​game. If something is painful to ​watch or ​listen to, it is so ​bad that it makes you ​feelembarrassed: It was painful to ​listen to his ​patheticexcuses.
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