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PA'INFUL, adjective Giving pain, uneasiness or distress to the body; as a painful operation in surgery.

1. Giving pain to the mind; afflictive; disquieting; distressing.

Evils have been more painful to us in the prospect, than in the actual pressure.

2. Full of pain; producing misery or affliction.

3. Requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with laborious effort; as a painful service. The army had a painful march.

4. Laborious; exercising labor; undergoing toil; industrious.

Nor must the painful husbandman be tired.