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painful

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Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.
J. August Strindberg
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Etymology

pain + -ful

Adjective

painful (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

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painful

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  1. Full of pain; causing hurt, uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing.
  2. Requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march; painstaking; careful; industrious.

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