1 hurt, suffering, discomfort, soreness, ache, aching, pang, spasm, smarting, cramp:
I feel the pain in my back from lifting that box.
2 anguish, agony, affliction, distress, grief, woe, suffering, misery, travail, wretchedness, despair, torment, tribulation, trial, torture, dolour, discomposure, ordeal, disquiet:
No one who has not experienced it can imagine the pain of losing a child
3 irritation, vexation, annoyance, bother, nuisance, pest, Colloq pain in the neck, headache, drag, bore, Taboo Slang pain in the Brit arse or US ass:
What a pain it is that you have forgotten your keys again! David can really be a pain when he goes on about the book he's writing
4 pains. effort, trouble, exertion, toil, labour:
She went to great pains to make our stay comfortable.
5 hurt, distress, grieve, wound, injure; trouble, depress, sadden, sorrow, cut to the quick:
It pained us to learn of Mrs McArthur's illness.
1 physical pain
acute, agonizing, awful, excruciating, extreme, great,
intense, severe, sharp, terrible,
unbearable | burning, searing, shooting, stabbing, throbbing
She had a burning pain in one eye.
| dull, little, slight | chronic,
constant, nagging, persistent |
sudden | intermittent | physical
| abdominal, back, chest, leg,
muscle, shoulder, stomach
She's been off work with back pain. He went to the doctor with chest pains.
| growing, labour, period
VERB + PAIN
be in, be racked with, experience, feel, get, go through, have, suffer (from)
He was obviously in a great deal of pain. Can you feel any pain? Marathon runners are used to going through pain. He was taken to hospital suffering from severe abdominal pain.
| cause, give sb, inflict
His back gives him great pain. It's wrong to inflict pain on any animal.
| increase, make worse | alleviate, control, deaden, do something for, dull, ease, help, kill, relieve, stop
Your doctor should be able to do something for the pain.
| bear, endure, put up with, stand, take | cry out in, cry with, groan with, scream with | be contorted with, contort in
His face was contorted with pain as he crossed the finish line.
PAIN + VERB
The pains began shortly after she started work as a gardener.
| shoot through/up
A sharp pain shot up his leg.
| grow stronger, increase, intensify | disappear, go, stop, wear off
Has the pain gone yet? A few hours after he'd had his tooth out, the pain began to wear off.
| come back, return
PAIN + NOUN
control, relief | threshold
a pain in her side
aches and pains
Eucalyptus oil is good for easing muscular aches and pains.
| a cry of pain, a threshold for/of pain
I have a very low threshold for pain.
great, intense, terrible | emotional
VERB + PAIN
cause (sb), give sb, inflict
Through her drug addiction she had inflicted a lot of pain on the family.
| feel, go through | get over
It took him several years to get over the pain of losing his job.
| ease | spare sb
We hoped to spare her the pain of having to meet her attacker.
| express | conceal
He tried to conceal his pain from her.
| bear, endure | be worth
The government has to persuade the people that the economic reforms are worth the pain.
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