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[n] a somatic sensation of acute discomfort; "as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain"
[n] 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"
[n] emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid; "the pain of loneliness"
[n] a bothersome annoying person; "that kid is a terrible pain"
[n] a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
[v] cause bodily suffering to
[v] cause anguish or make miserable


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pleasance, pleasure

Misc. Definitions

\Pain\, n. [OE. peine, F. peine, fr. L. poena, penalty, punishment, torment, pain; akin to Gr. ? 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. We will, by way of mulct or pain, lay it upon him. --Bacon. Interpose, on pain of my displeasure. --Dryden. None shall presume to fly, under pain of death. --Addison.
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. 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 referred to the peripheral end of the nerve.
3. pl. Specifically, the throes or travail of childbirth. She bowed herself and travailed, for her pains came upon her. --1 Sam. iv. 1
4. Uneasiness of mind; mental distress; disquietude; anxiety; grief; solicitude; anguish. --Chaucer. In rapture as in pain. --Keble.
5. See {Pains}, labor, effort. {Bill of pains and penalties}. See under {Bill}. {To die in the pain}, to be tortured to death. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
\Pain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pained}; 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).
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. Excess of cold, as well as heat, pains us. --Locke .
3. To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve; as a child's faults pain his parents. I am pained at my very heart. --Jer. iv. 1
9. {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. Syn: To disquiet; trouble; afflict; grieve; aggrieve; distress; agonize; torment; torture.