Pain Definition

pān
pained, pains
noun
pains
Penalty or punishment.
Webster's New World
A sensation of hurting, or strong discomfort, in some part of the body, caused by an injury, disease, or functional disorder, and transmitted through the nervous system.
Webster's New World
Bodily suffering characterized by such feelings.
Drugs to treat pain.
American Heritage
The distress or suffering, mental or physical, caused by great anxiety, anguish, grief, disappointment, etc.
Webster's New World
An instance of this.
The pains of humiliation.
American Heritage
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verb
pained, pains
To have or cause pain.
Webster's New World
To cause to suffer; hurt; distress.
Webster's New World
To cause mental or emotional distress to.
American Heritage
other
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Neuropathic pain.
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Nociceptive pain.
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pronoun

An English surname, variant of Paine.

Wiktionary
idiom
on
  • Subject to the penalty of (a specified punishment, such as death).
American Heritage
feel no pain
  • to be drunk
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Pain

Noun

Singular:
pain
Plural:
pains

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Pain

Origin of Pain

  • From Old French and Anglo-Norman peine, paine, from Latin poena (“punishment, pain"), from Ancient Greek ποινή (poinê, “bloodmoney, were-gild, fine, price paid, penalty"). Compare German Pein, Dutch pijn, Afrikaans pyn.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French peine from Latin poena penalty, pain from Greek poinē penalty kwei-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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