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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAIN

"In truth, my father, I wished to avoid the pain of parting," rejoined Philæmon.

My very blood boiled in my veins, that such an one as he could give me pain.

No; those we love, we love for every thing; even for the pain they have given us.

But she gave me none: it was where she was not, that pain was.

The greyness deepened over Austin's face and the pain in his eyes.

Many in our country do not know the pain of poverty, but we can listen to those who do.

Her pity was sad and beautiful and at the same time it appeased her pain.

Supposing—— It was cruel to excite and upset her just for that; it made the pain worse.

But they've made you older—they've burned the boy out of you with pain!

The pain in the marshal's face became a ghastly thing to see.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "punishment," especially for a crime; also "condition one feels when hurt, opposite of pleasure," from Old French peine "difficulty, woe, suffering, punishment, Hell's torments" (11c.), from Latin poena "punishment, penalty, retribution, indemnification" (in Late Latin also "torment, hardship, suffering"), from Greek poine "retribution, penalty, quit-money for spilled blood," from PIE *kwei- "to pay, atone, compensate" (see penal). The earliest sense in English survives in phrase on pain of death.

Phrase to give (someone) a pain "be annoying and irritating" is from 1908; localized as pain in the neck (1924) and pain in the ass (1934), though this last might have gone long unrecorded and be the original sense and the others euphemisms. Pains "great care taken (for some purpose)" is first recorded 1520s (in the singular in this sense, it is attested from c.1300). First record of pain-killer is from 1853.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PAIN

ache

verbfeeling soreness or dull pain, often physical

ached

verbfeeling soreness or dull pain, often physical
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.