Example sentences for: painfully

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

  • Pans go to the routine, which lacks the requisite "free-associative lunatic spirit" (Jan Stuart, the Chicago Sun-Times ). The Washington Post 's Tom Shales calls Seinfeld "stiff" and the material "painfully familiar."

  • Great reviews for this Eddie Murphy-Steve Martin comedy about a low-rent movie-maker (Martin) and his ragtag stable of actors: "Perhaps the funniest movie for grownups so far this year" (Richard Schickel, Time ). Martin, out of desperation, hires a painfully awkward nerd (Murphy) who has no film experience other than being "an active renter at Blockbuster" but who bears a striking resemblance to action star Kit Ramsey (also played by Murphy).

  • And the gruesome death he recounts prior to this musing is not, as far as we can tell, about someone who responded well to the new treatments only to die too young and too painfully.

  • Since Stein's fans tend to fetishize all things experimental, this straightforward, painfully autobiographical book (Stein was hurt by a failed love affair the summer she wrote it) has generally been dismissed as wooden, of interest only for its lesbian subject matter.

  • Significant shortcomings within the FDNY's command and control capabilities were painfully exposed on September 11.


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