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English noun: pain

1. pain (state) a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

SamplesThe patient developed severe pain and distension.


Broader (hypernym)symptom

Narrower (hyponym)ache, aching, agony, arthralgia, burn, burning, causalgia, chest pain, chiralgia, colic, costalgia, distress, dysmenorrhea, excruciation, glossalgia, glossodynia, gripes, griping, growing pains, haemorrhoid, hemorrhoid, intestinal colic, keratalgia, labor pain, mastalgia, melagra, meralgia, metralgia, myalgia, myodynia, nephralgia, neuralgia, neuralgy, odynophagia, orchidalgia, pang, pang, photalgia, photophobia, piles, pleuralgia, pleurodynia, podalgia, proctalgia, rawness, referred pain, renal colic, smart, smarting, smartness, soreness, sting, sting, stinging, stitch, suffering, tenderness, thermalgesia, throb, torment, torture, ulalgia, urodynia

2. pain (feeling) emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid

SamplesThe pain of loneliness.


Broader (hypernym)feeling

Narrower (hyponym)distress, growing pains, hurt, hurt, mental anguish, suffering, suffering, unpleasantness

Antonymspleasure, pleasance

3. pain (cognition) a somatic sensation of acute discomfort

SamplesAs the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain.

Synonymspain sensation, painful sensation

Broader (hypernym)somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia

Narrower (hyponym)mittelschmerz, phantom limb pain, twinge

4. pain (person) a bothersome annoying person

SamplesThat kid is a terrible pain.

Synonymsnuisance, pain in the neck

Broader (hypernym)disagreeable person, unpleasant person

5. pain (cognition) something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness

SamplesWashing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer.
A bit of a bother.
He's not a friend, he's an infliction.

Synonymsannoyance, bother, botheration, infliction, pain in the ass, pain in the neck

Broader (hypernym)negative stimulus

Narrower (hyponym)irritant, nuisance, plague, thorn

English verb: pain

1. pain (body) cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

Synonymsail, trouble

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hurt

Narrower (hyponym)break out, erupt, recrudesce

2. pain (emotion) cause emotional anguish or make miserable

SamplesIt pains me to see my children not being taught well in school.

ExamplesThe bad news will pain him

Synonymsanguish, hurt

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset

Narrower (hyponym)agonise, agonize, break someone's heart, excruciate, rack, torment, torture, try


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