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From Old French peine < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] poena (“‘punishment, pain’”) < Ancient Greek ποινή (poine), “‘bloodmoney, were-gild, fine, price paid, penalty’”). Compare; German Pein de(de), Dutch pijn, Afrikaans pyn.
- (countable and uncountable) An ache or bodily suffering, or an instance of this; an unpleasant sensation, resulting from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; hurt.
- The greatest difficulty lies in treating patients with chronic pain.
- I had to stop running when I started getting pains in my feet.
- (uncountable) The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress; sadness; grief; solicitude; disquietude.
- In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.
- The pain of departure was difficult to bear.
- (countable) An annoying person or thing.
- Your mother is a right pain.
- (uncountable) (obsolete) Suffering seen as a punishment or penalty.
- You may not leave this room on pain of death.
- Interpose, on pain of my displeasure. — Dryden
- We will, by way of mulct or pain, lay it upon him. — Bacon
- Adjectives often used with "pain": mild, excruciating, acute, chronic, sharp, dull, burning, stabbing, etc.
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Third person singular
- (transitive) To hurt; to put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture.
- The wound pained him.
- (transitive) To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.
- It pains me to say that I must let you go.
- (transitive) (obsolete) To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.
- Genitive singular form of pai.
pain m. (plural pains)
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