pain

Definition of pain

Pronunciation: pānd
n.1.Punishment suffered or denounced; suffering or evil inflicted as a punishment for crime, or connected with the commission of a crime; penalty.
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.
3.Specifically, the throes or travail of childbirth.
She bowed herself and travailed, for her pains came upon her.
- 1 Sam. iv. 19.
4.Uneasiness of mind; mental distress; disquietude; anxiety; grief; solicitude; anguish. Also called mental pain.
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.
- Chaucer.
v. t.1.To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.
[imp. & p. p. Pained (pānd); p. pr. & vb. n. Paining.]
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. 19.
To pain one's self
to exert or trouble one's self; to take pains; to be solicitous.
- Chaucer.

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