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It was followed by a fear, an appalling fear, more painful than the remorse.

Time was, indeed, when the circumstances of this wait had been more painful than now.

Here was fresh trouble, more painful than any that had gone before.

No, the letter might reach him when he was tired and worried yet, to speak would be more painful.

The present, as far as I was concerned, belonged to the more painful variety.

Sometimes, though not often, he had dreams, and they were more painful than the dreams of other boys.

And there was the more painful duty of looking after the wounded and the dead.

A more painful and disastrous spectacle could hardly be looked on.

The blow had been the more painful on account of its being unexpected.

Why did this day, this hour, this very moment, seem to her more painful than the preceding?

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from pain (n.) + -ful. Related: Painfully; painfulness.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.