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Of the utmost seriousness or importance
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  1. Of the utmost seriousness or importance
  2. Characterized by intense emotion; passionate:
  3. Marked by flames or intense heat:
Causing sadness, grief, misery, or distress
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  1. Causing sadness, grief, misery, or distress
  2. Feeling physical pain; hurting:
  3. Distressingly intense or bitter; extreme
Not yet processed, cleaned, etc. as by chemical treatment; untreated
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  1. Not yet processed, cleaned, etc. as by chemical treatment; untreated
  2. Having subcutaneous tissue exposed:
  3. Not having been subjected to adjustment, treatment, or analysis:
That aches; continuously painful. See ache
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  1. That aches; continuously painful. See ache
  2. Full of painful yearning or sorrow:
  3. Dully painful.
Damaging or harmful:
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  1. Damaging or harmful:
  2. Causing hurt; specif., wounding the feelings
  3. Causing pain or suffering, especially of a psychological nature.
Injuring or capable of injuring the feelings; caustic:
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  1. Injuring or capable of injuring the feelings; caustic:
  2. Relating to an animal or animals capable of biting, especially an insect.
  3. Of or relating to insects and certain other animals that wound the skin with a sting, mouthparts, or fangs.
Keenly perceptive or intelligent:
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  1. Keenly perceptive or intelligent:
  2. Trenchant; incisive:
  3. Causing pain, especially because of cold:
Abrupt or acute:
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  1. Abrupt or acute:
  2. Acutely sensitive in seeing, hearing, etc.
  3. Intense; severe:
Keen; extreme; intense
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  1. Keen; extreme; intense
  2. Extremely difficult to perform or endure; trying:
  3. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
Designating or of the curved radial surface, or a plane curve in this surface, formed by the reflection or refraction of rays from a curved solid surface
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  1. Designating or of the curved radial surface, or a plane curve in this surface, formed by the reflection or refraction of rays from a curved solid surface
  2. Given to making caustic remarks:
  3. That can burn, eat away, or destroy tissue by chemical action; corrosive
(Figuratively) Experiencing emotional pain or embarrassment.
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  1. (Figuratively) Experiencing emotional pain or embarrassment.
  2. Painful, sore.
(Biology) Characterized by severe, usually oxygen-poor environmental conditions.
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  1. (Biology) Characterized by severe, usually oxygen-poor environmental conditions.
  2. Being in or attaining the greatest or highest degree; very intense:
  3. Participating or tending to participate in a very dangerous or difficult sport:
Causing grief
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  1. Causing grief
  2. Serious or dire; grave:
  3. Causing suffering; hard to bear; severe
Having the capacity to sting.
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  1. Having the capacity to sting.
Easily hurt, upset, or offended:
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  1. Easily hurt, upset, or offended:
  2. Aware of or careful about the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others:
  3. Easily hurt; tender; raw
Easily hurt; sensitive:
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  1. Easily hurt; sensitive:
  2. Soft or delicate and easily chewed, broken, cut, etc.; fragile, succulent, etc.
  3. Acutely sensitive, as to pain, insult, etc.
Experiencing a feeling of irritation.
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Easily irritated or annoyed.
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  1. Easily irritated or annoyed.
  2. Capable of responding to a stimulus. Used of an organism.
  3. (Medicine) Abnormally or excessively sensitive to a stimulus:
Causing or creating vexation; annoying:
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  1. Causing or creating vexation; annoying:
  2. Characterized by or causing vexation; annoying, troublesome, etc.
  3. (Law, of an action) Commenced for the purpose of giving trouble, without due cause.
Very intense or extreme:
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  1. Very intense or extreme:
  2. Causing intense physical or mental pain; agonizing
  3. Intensely painful; agonizing.
Of, relating to, or causing torture.
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  1. Of, relating to, or causing torture.
  2. Of or causing torture
  3. Extremely painful or difficult
  1. Not pleasant.
  2. Not pleasing; disagreeable.
  3. Not pleasant; offensive; disagreeable
(Medicine) Affected by an abscess. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
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  1. (Medicine) Affected by an abscess. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
Causing anxiety; disquieting.
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  1. Causing anxiety; disquieting.
  2. Experiencing discomfort.
  3. Not pleasant or agreeable; causing discomfort
  1. Not pleasant.
  2. Not pleasing; disagreeable.
  3. Not pleasant; offensive; disagreeable
(Figuratively) Unpleasant.
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  1. (Figuratively) Unpleasant.
  2. Causing distaste; disagreeable
  3. Unpleasant to taste
Causing grief
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  1. Causing grief
  2. Very serious; deplorable
  3. Causing suffering; hard to bear; severe
Causing sadness, gloom, or dejection:
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  1. Causing sadness, gloom, or dejection:
  2. Causing especially emotional depression.
  3. Causing depression or sadness.
That aches; continuously painful. See ache
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  1. That aches; continuously painful. See ache
  2. Full of painful yearning or sorrow:
  3. Dully painful.
Experiencing aches.
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  1. Experiencing aches.
  2. Having an ache, or dull, steady pain
  3. Suffering from aches, sore.
That causes physical or mental pain
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  1. That causes physical or mental pain
  2. Causing pain or misery
Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury.
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  1. Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury.
  2. Causing pain or suffering, especially of a psychological nature.
  3. Causing hurt; specif., wounding the feelings
  1. Painful, sore.
  2. (Figuratively) Experiencing emotional pain or embarrassment.
Causing sadness, grief, misery, or distress
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  1. Causing sadness, grief, misery, or distress
  2. Causing embarrassment or irritation:
  3. Feeling physical pain; hurting:
Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment:
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  1. Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment:
  2. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear:
  3. Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity:
(Figuratively) Unpleasant.
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  1. (Figuratively) Unpleasant.
  2. Unpleasant to taste
  3. Unpleasant; disagreeable:
Not easily digested
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  1. Not easily digested
  2. That cannot be digested
  3. Difficult or impossible to digest:
(By extension) unpleasant or disagreeable
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  1. (By extension) unpleasant or disagreeable
  2. Unpleasant to the taste
  3. Not pleasant or agreeable:
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