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Painful, 1) giving distress to the body, tormenting: “the aged man is plagued with cramps and gouts and p. fits,” Lucr. 856. “with most p. feeling of thy speech,” Meas. I, 2, 38.
2) laborious, toilsome: “the p. warrior,” Sonn. 25, 9. “some sports are p.” Tp. III, 1, 1. “if it had been p. I would not have come,” Ado II, 3, 261. “p. study,” LLL II, 23. “p. labour both by sea and land,” Shr. V, 2, 149. “marching in the p. field,” H5 IV, 3, 111. “the p. service,” Cor. IV, 5, 74. by many a dern and p. perch, Per. III Prol. 15.
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