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 for painfulness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Painful \Pain"ful\, a.
     1. Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either
        physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing.
        --Addison.
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     2. Requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with
        laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march.
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     3. Painstaking; careful; industrious. [Obs.] --Fuller.
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              A very painful person, and a great clerk. --Jer.
                                                    Taylor.
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              Nor must the painful husbandman be tired. --Dryden.
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     Syn: Disquieting; troublesome; afflictive; distressing;
          grievous; laborious; toilsome; difficult; arduous.
          [1913 Webster] -- Pain"ful*ly, adv. --
          Pain"ful*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  painfulness \pain"ful*ness\ n.
     Emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to
     avoid.
  
     Syn: pain.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  painfulness
      n 1: emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try
           to avoid; "the pain of loneliness" [syn: pain,
           painfulness] [ant: pleasance, pleasure]
      2: the quality of being painful; "she feared the painfulness of
         childbirth" [syn: painfulness, distressingness]

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