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adverb as in with pain

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adverb as in with extreme care

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At once uproarious, raw, and painfully honest, “Discord” unveils the many virtues and vices of these towering icons.

It was a painfully slow process and, worse yet, not a lot of fun.

At the moment, that process is very complicated and painfully slow.

The wife he lost is painfully near as this riveting book gets underway.

But also real, unscripted, and sometimes painfully honest, as when Dave owned up to his extramarital misbehavior.

After a minute's pause, while he stood painfully silent, she resumed in great emotion.

The new galleries had been finished four whole years, but they still looked painfully fresh.

It was painfully evident to the most casual observer, that she had died of absolute starvation.

The application to the immediate circumstances of those brave gentlemen was painfully direct.

The tone was so painfully earnest, that a momentary suspicion crossed her of his having some other motive.


On this page you'll find 16 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to painfully, such as: achingly, sorely, in pain, in suffering, and with difficulty.

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