Example sentences for: painful

How can you use “painful” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • As the twig is bent, we say, so grows the branch; we expect these teens to have girls' minds in boys' bodies and to suffer from a painful confusion of gender roles.

  • One enthusiastic patient sounds as if he'd just leaped out of an infomercial: "I had surgery on my chest a few years ago and it was closed with staples, and boy was it painful.

  • "But we can make it very painful for them in a guerilla war.

  • Pitt's performance and his efforts at an Austrian accent are deemed "painful at moments" (Kenneth Turan, the Los Angeles Times ). Only the "beautifully filmed" (Jay Carr, the Boston Globe ) mountain vistas are said to make the movie worth watching.

  • In an editorial, it added, "It is painful, pathetic, pointless, serving only to create a flood of McCarthyite smear and counter-smear; the Republicans want blood, preferably blood tested for the President's DNA.


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