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Meaning of “painfully” in the English Dictionary

"painfully" in British English

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painfullyadverb

uk   us   /ˈpeɪn.fəl.i/
in a way that ​causespain: Without ​surgery, this ​animal will ​dieslowly 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 ​slowjourney.
(Definition of painfully from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"painfully" in American English

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painfullyadverb

 us   /ˈpeɪn·fə·li/
unpleasantly but ​clearly: We were painfully ​aware of the ​money that we had ​lost already. Painfully is also used to ​emphasize a ​quality or ​situation that is ​unpleasant or not ​desirable: He’s a ​brightboy, but painfully ​shy.
(Definition of painfully from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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