Synonyms of pain in English:


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1‘it seemed impossible that anyone could endure such pain for so long’

suffering, agony, affliction, torture, torment, discomfort, soreness

2‘she had a dull pain in her stomach’

ache, aching, soreness, hurt, throb, throbbing, smarting, pricking, sting, stinging, twinge, shooting pain, stab, pang, spasm
stitch, cramp
discomfort, irritation, stiffness, tenderness

3‘the pain of losing a loved one’

sorrow, grief, heartache, heartbreak, sadness, unhappiness, distress, desolation, misery, wretchedness, despair, desperation, mental suffering, emotional suffering, trauma
bitterness, anguish, affliction, tribulation, vexation, woe, agony, torment, torture

4‘that child is a pain’

nuisance, pest, bother, vexation, irritant, source of annoyance, source of irritation, worry, problem, inconvenience, trial, tribulation, plague, source of aggravation, bore, thorn in the flesh, the bane of one's life
informal pain in the neck, drag
vulgar slang pain in the arse

5pains‘he took great pains to hide his feelings’

care, effort, bother, trouble, labour, exertion, strain, struggle


1‘her foot is still paining her’

hurt, cause pain, be painful, be sore, ache, throb, smart, burn, prickle, sting, pinch, twinge, cause discomfort, be tender
informal kill
British informal play up

2‘the memory of the event still pains her’

sadden, grieve, distress, make miserable, make wretched, trouble, worry, bother, perturb, disturb, oppress, harrow, cause anguish to, afflict
cut to the quick, mortify, torment, torture, wound, sting, gnaw at


    be at pains

    ‘they were at pains to put him at ease’

    try hard, make a great effort, make an effort, make every effort, spare no effort, take pains, take great pains, take care, put oneself out, apply oneself, exert oneself
    strive, endeavour, try, struggle, battle, labour, toil, strain, work, aim
    do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, give it one's all, go all out
    informal bend over backwards, fall over backwards, lean over backwards, give it one's best shot