1. a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder;
- Example: "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
[syn: pain, hurting]
2. emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid;
- Example: "the pain of loneliness"
[syn: pain, painfulness]
3. a somatic sensation of acute discomfort;
- Example: "as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain"
[syn: pain, pain sensation, painful sensation]
4. a bothersome annoying person;
- Example: "that kid is a terrible pain"
[syn: pain, pain in the neck, nuisance]
5. something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness;
- Example: "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"
- Example: "a bit of a bother"
- Example: "he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
[syn: annoyance, bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass]
1. cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed;
[syn: trouble, ail, pain]
2. cause emotional anguish or make miserable;
- Example: "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"
[syn: pain, anguish, hurt]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
pain \pain\ (p[=a]n), n. [OE. peine, F. peine, fr. L. poena, penalty, punishment, torment, pain; akin to Gr. poinh` penalty. Cf. Penal, Pine to languish, Punish.] 1. Punishment suffered or denounced; suffering or evil inflicted as a punishment for crime, or connected with the commission of a crime; penalty. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] We will, by way of mulct or pain, lay it upon him. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Interpose, on pain of my displeasure. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] None shall presume to fly, under pain of death. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. Any uneasy sensation in animal bodies, from slight uneasiness to extreme distress or torture, proceeding from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; bodily distress; bodily suffering; an ache; a smart. "The pain of Jesus Christ." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Note: Pain may occur in any part of the body where sensory nerves are distributed, and it is always due to some kind of stimulation of them. The sensation is generally interpreted as originating at the peripheral end of the nerve. [1913 Webster] 3. pl. Specifically, the throes or travail of childbirth. [1913 Webster] She bowed herself and travailed, for her pains came upon her. --1 Sam. iv. 19. [1913 Webster] 4. Uneasiness of mind; mental distress; disquietude; anxiety; grief; solicitude; anguish. Also called mental pain. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster +PJC] In rapture as in pain. --Keble. [1913 Webster] 5. See Pains, labor, effort. [1913 Webster] Bill of pains and penalties. See under Bill. To die in the pain, to be tortured to death. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pain \Pain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pained (p[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Paining.] [OE. peinen, OF. pener, F. peiner to fatigue. See Pain, n.] 1. To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish. [Obs.] --Wyclif (Acts xxii. 5). [1913 Webster] 2. To put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture; as, his dinner or his wound pained him; his stomach pained him. [1913 Webster] Excess of cold, as well as heat, pains us. --Locke . [1913 Webster] 3. To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve; as, a child's faults pain his parents. [1913 Webster] I am pained at my very heart. --Jer. iv. 19. [1913 Webster] To pain one's self, to exert or trouble one's self; to take pains; to be solicitous. [Obs.] "She pained her to do all that she might." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Syn: To disquiet; trouble; afflict; grieve; aggrieve; distress; agonize; torment; torture. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
pain n 1: a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension" [syn: pain, hurting] 2: emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid; "the pain of loneliness" [syn: pain, painfulness] [ant: pleasance, pleasure] 3: a somatic sensation of acute discomfort; "as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain" [syn: pain, pain sensation, painful sensation] 4: a bothersome annoying person; "that kid is a terrible pain" [syn: pain, pain in the neck, nuisance] 5: something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction" [syn: annoyance, bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass] v 1: cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed [syn: trouble, ail, pain] 2: cause emotional anguish or make miserable; "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school" [syn: pain, anguish, hurt]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
248 Moby Thesaurus words for "pain": abscess, ache, aching, afflict, affliction, aggrieve, agonize, agony, ague, ail, anemia, anguish, ankylosis, annoyance, anoxia, apnea, asphyxiation, assiduousness, asthma, ataxia, atrophy, backache, barb the dart, bite, bitterness, bleakness, bleeding, blennorhea, blow, bore, bother, bruise, burn, cachexia, cachexy, castigation, chafe, chastening, chastisement, cheerlessness, chill, chills, colic, comfortlessness, condign punishment, constipation, constrain, convulse, convulsion, correction, coughing, cramp, crucify, cut, cut up, cyanosis, depress, depression, deserts, despair, diarrhea, diligence, disciplinary measures, discipline, discomfort, discomposure, dismalness, dismay, disquiet, distress, distressfulness, dizziness, dolor, drag, dreariness, dropsy, dysentery, dyspepsia, dyspnea, edema, effort, elbow grease, emaciation, excruciate, exertion, fainting, fatigue, ferule, fester, fever, fibrillation, flux, fret, gall, give pain, gnaw, grate, grief, grieve, grievousness, grind, gripe, growth, harass, harrow, headache, hemorrhage, high blood pressure, hurt, hurt the feelings, hydrops, hypertension, hypotension, icterus, indigestion, industry, inflame, inflammation, inflict pain, infliction, injure, injury, insomnia, irk, irritate, irritation, itching, jaundice, joylessness, judgment, judicial punishment, kill by inches, labor, labored breathing, lacerate, lament, lamentability, lamentation, lesion, low blood pressure, lumbago, marasmus, martyr, martyrize, misery, mourn, mournfulness, nasal discharge, nasty blow, nausea, necrosis, nemesis, nip, nuisance, ordeal, painfulness, pains, pains and punishments, pang, paralysis, passion, pathos, pay, payment, penal retribution, penalty, penology, pest, pierce, pinch, pitiability, pitiableness, pitifulness, poignancy, prick, prolong the agony, pruritus, punishment, punition, put to torture, rack, rankle, rash, rasp, regrettableness, retribution, retributive justice, rheum, rub, sadden, sadness, sclerosis, scourge, sedulousness, seizure, sharpness, shock, skin eruption, smarting, sneezing, sore, sore spot, soreness, sorrow, sorrowfulness, spasm, stab, sting, stitch, strain, stress, stress of life, stroke, suffer, suffering, tabes, tachycardia, tender spot, throes, toil, torment, torture, travail, trial, tribulation, trouble, try, tumor, tweak, twinge, twist, twist the knife, upset, upset stomach, vertigo, vexation, vomiting, wasting, well-deserved punishment, what-for, while, woe, woebegoneness, woefulness, wound, wrench, wretchedness, wringThe Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
PAIN, n. An uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis in something that is being done to the body, or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of another.