1 physical pain
acute, agonizing, awful, blinding, excruciating, extreme, great, immense, intense, severe, terrible, unbearable, unimaginable
aching, burning, cramping, numbing, piercing, searing, sharp, shooting, stabbing, stinging, throbbing

She had a burning pain in one eye.

dull, little, mild, slight
chronic, constant, nagging, persistent
bodily, physical
abdominal, back, chest, joint, leg, muscle, pelvic, shoulder, stomach

She's been in bed with back pain.

He went to the doctor with chest pains.

menstrual, period (esp. BrE)
labor pain (AmE), labour/labor pains (BrE, AmE)
growing pains

the phantom pain of a lost limb

spasm, stab
be in, be racked with, experience, feel, get, go through, have, suffer, suffer from

He was obviously in a great deal of pain.

Can you feel any pain?

Marathon runners are used to going through pain.

He was taken to the hospital suffering from severe abdominal pain.

cause, give sb, inflict

His back gives him a lot of pain.

It's wrong to inflict pain on any animal.

aggravate, exacerbate, increase, make worse
alleviate, block out, deaden, dull, ease, help, kill, lessen, numb, reduce, relieve, soothe, stop

These pills should ease the pain.

control, manage

The treatments helped manage his pain.


Doctors used to treat back pain with rest.

bear, endure, put up with, stand, take, withstand
cry out in, cry with, groan with, scream with
be contorted with, contort in

His face was contorted with pain as he crossed the finish line.

begin, come, occur, start

The pains began shortly after she started work as a gardener.

erupt, flare, flare up
hit sb/sth, strike sb/sth

A sharp pain hit the middle of my chest and I collapsed.

course through sb/sth, flash through sth, flood sth, lance through sb/sth (literary, esp. AmE), radiate from sth to sth, rip through sb/sth, rush through sb/sth, rush up sb/sth, sear through sb/sth, shoot through sth, shoot up sth, stab sb/sth, surge through sb/sth, sweep over sb/sth, sweep through sb/sth, tear through sb/sth, throb, wash over sb

A sharp pain shot up his leg.

overwhelm sb, wrack sb/sth

Pain wracked her frail body once more.

grow stronger, increase, intensify, worsen
disappear, ease, fade, go, recede, stop, subside

Has the pain gone yet?


If the pain persists, see your doctor.

come back, return
control, management, relief
killer (usually painkiller), medication, medicine, pill (esp. AmE), reliever
threshold, tolerance
intensity, severity
pain in

a pain in her side

aches and pains

Eucalyptus oil is good for easing muscular aches and pains.

a cry of pain
a threshold for pain (esp. AmE), a threshold of pain

I have a very low threshold for pain.

2 unhappiness
great, immense, intense, terrible
indescribable, unspeakable
cause (sb), give sb, inflict

Through her drug addiction she had inflicted a lot of pain on the family.

feel, go through

She knew the pain of separation.

get over

It took him several years to get over the pain of losing his job.

dull, ease, lessen, numb

Nothing could heal the pain of her son's death.

spare sb

We hoped to spare her the pain of having to meet her attacker.


It was lovely to have someone there to share both the pain and the joy.

conceal, hide, mask

He tried to conceal his pain from her.


For a few moments she forgot the pain he had caused her.

bear, endure, withstand

I don't want to relive the pain of losing her.


I could sense her pain and put my arm around her.

the pain etched on sb's face

Ellen saw the pain etched on his face when he mentioned his ex-wife's name.

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