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While I didn’t project my own father onto the character of Jacob, what was really scary and painful but also so beautiful was in some ways realizing that I am my father, and I am an extension of him and his will and his desires.

Despite the painful loss, Conque said, Hill’s first words in that call were, “I had fun tonight.”

“I realized what made that moment so painful was the absence of presence,” Crivello said.

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For parents, the notion that the impact of painful events can transcend children’s memories is unsettling.

You are the adult who can manage the awkward conversations about your son or frustrating forms of communication or even a painful broken attachment if “the mother takes her away.”

To his critics, he explained—sometimes at painful length—his reasoning against it.

But while his departure was “inexpressibly painful,” he never succumbed to bitterness.

What follows is hysterical, painful, weird, and strangely touching—a true Festivus for the rest of us.

I turned left, and began the long, painful walk to the emergency room at the University of Virginia medical center.

The audience--tout Hollywood--stands to cheer his slow and painful trek from the wings to the table.

The voice of duty called her to the kitchen, where her cook patiently awaited her inevitable, and always painful, audience.

It is painful to add, that the latter years of his life were passed in prison, where he was confined for debt.

In a thousand trials the cruel witness of Moses has sent innocent women to a painful death.

I did not anticipate a tour of pleasure through Ireland, but the reality is more painful than I anticipated.

He sees no longer the brink of the abyss beside which the path of progress picks its painful way.

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On this page you'll find 102 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to painful, such as: agonizing, arduous, awful, difficult, dire, and distasteful.

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