|1.||the sensation of acute physical hurt or discomfort caused by injury, illness, etc|
|2.||emotional suffering or mental distress|
|3.||on pain of subject to the penalty of|
|4.||informal pain in the neck, Also called: pain in the arse a person or thing that is a nuisance|
|5.||to cause (a person) distress, hurt, grief, anxiety, etc|
|6.||informal to annoy; irritate|
|[C13: from Old French peine, from Latin poena punishment, grief, from Greek poinē penalty]|
An unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury, disease, or emotional disorder.
One of the uterine contractions occurring in childbirth.
on pain of
Also, under pain of. Subject to the penalty of a specific punishment. For example, The air traffic controllers knew that going on strike was on pain of losing their jobs. At one time this idiom often invoked death as the penalty, a usage that is largely hyperbolic today, as in We'd better be back on time, under pain of death. [Late 1300s]