Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) a somatic sensation of acute discomfort
  2. (noun, cognition) something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
    a bit of a bother
    he's not a friend, he's an infliction
  3. (noun, feeling) emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid
  4. (noun, person) a bothersome annoying person
  5. (noun, state) a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
  6. (verb, body) cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
  7. (verb, emotion) cause emotional anguish or make miserable

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Antonyms of Pain


Origin of the word Pain

  1. c.1300, "punishment," especially for a crime; also "condition one feels when hurt, opposite of pleasure," from O.Fr. peine, from L. poena "punishment, penalty" (in L.L. also "torment, hardship, suffering"), from Gk. poine "punishment," from PIE *kwei- "to pay, atone, compensate" (see penal). The earliest sense in Eng. survives in phrase on pain of… more

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