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Pain vs. Tenderness — What's the Difference?

Pain vs. Tenderness — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Pain and Tenderness

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Pain

Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage." In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition.
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Tenderness

Easily crushed or bruised; fragile
A tender petal.
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Pain

Highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury
She's in great pain
Chest pains
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Tenderness

Easily chewed or cut
Tender beef.
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Pain

Great care or trouble
She took pains to see that everyone ate well
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Tenderness

Young and vulnerable
Of tender age.
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Pain

Cause mental or physical pain to
It pains me to say this
Her legs had been paining her
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Tenderness

Frail; delicate.
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Pain

An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body
Felt pains in his chest.
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Tenderness

Sensitive to frost or severe cold; not hardy
Tender green shoots.
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Pain

Bodily suffering characterized by such feelings
Drugs to treat pain.
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Tenderness

Easily hurt; sensitive
Tender skin.
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Pain

Mental or emotional suffering; distress.
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Tenderness

Painful; sore
A tender tooth.
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Pain

An instance of this
The pains of humiliation.
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Tenderness

Considerate and protective; solicitous
A tender mother.
His tender concern.
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Pain

Pains The pangs of childbirth.
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Tenderness

Characterized by or expressing gentle emotions; loving
A tender glance.
A tender ballad.
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Pain

Pains Great care or effort
Taking pains with one's work.
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Tenderness

Given to sympathy or sentimentality; soft
A tender heart.
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Pain

(Informal) A source of annoyance; a nuisance
Stuffing all these envelopes is a real pain.
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Tenderness

(Nautical) Likely to heel easily under sail; crank.
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Pain

To cause physical pain to; hurt
My feet really pained me after the hike.
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Tenderness

To make tender.
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Pain

To cause mental or emotional distress to
"It pained him to remember every little thing about her" (John Irving).
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Tenderness

A strip of meat, usually chicken, often breaded, deep-fried, and served with a sauce.
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Pain

An ache or bodily suffering, or an instance of this; an unpleasant sensation, resulting from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; hurt.
The greatest difficulty lies in treating patients with chronic pain.
I had to stop running when I started getting pains in my feet.
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Tenderness

A tendency to express warm, compassionate feelings
When the lovers were together, their cold indifference gave way to love and tenderness.
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Pain

(uncountable) The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress
In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.
The pain of departure was difficult to bear.
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Tenderness

Concern for the feelings or welfare of others
When they saw the poor orphans, they were overwhelmed with tenderness for them.
Everybody needs a little tenderness sometimes.
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Pain

An annoying person or thing.
Your mother is a right pain.
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Tenderness

Pain or discomfort when an affected area is touched
He noted her extreme tenderness when he touched the bruise on her thigh.
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Pain

Suffering inflicted as punishment or penalty.
You may not leave this room on pain of death.
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Tenderness

The quality or state of being tender (in any sense of the adjective).
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Pain

Labour; effort; great care or trouble taken in doing something.
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Tenderness

A tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
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Pain

Any of various breads stuffed with a filling.
Gammon pain; Spanish pain
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Tenderness

A pain that is felt when the area is touched
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Pain

(transitive) To hurt; to put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture.
The wound pained him.
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Tenderness

Warm compassionate feelings
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Pain

(transitive) To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.
It pains me to say that I must let you go.
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Tenderness

A positive feeling of liking;
He had trouble expressing the affection he felt
The child won everyone's heart
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Pain

To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.
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Tenderness

A feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)
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Pain

To feel pain; to hurt.
Please help me, I am paining hard.
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Pain

Punishment suffered or denounced; suffering or evil inflicted as a punishment for crime, or connected with the commission of a crime; penalty.
We will, by way of mulct or pain, lay it upon him.
Interpose, on pain of my displeasure.
None shall presume to fly, under pain of death.
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Pain

Any uneasy sensation in animal bodies, from slight uneasiness to extreme distress or torture, proceeding from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; bodily distress; bodily suffering; an ache; a smart.
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Pain

Specifically, the throes or travail of childbirth.
She bowed herself and travailed, for her pains came upon her.
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Pain

Uneasiness of mind; mental distress; disquietude; anxiety; grief; solicitude; anguish. Also called mental pain.
In rapture as in pain.
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Pain

See Pains, labor, effort.
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Pain

To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.
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Pain

To put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture; as, his dinner or his wound pained him; his stomach pained him.
Excess of cold, as well as heat, pains us.
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Pain

To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve; as, a child's faults pain his parents.
I am pained at my very heart.
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Pain

A symptom of some physical hurt or disorder;
The patient developed severe pain and distension
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Pain

Emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid;
The pain of loneliness
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Pain

A somatic sensation of acute discomfort;
As the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain
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Pain

A bothersome annoying person;
That kid is a terrible pain
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Pain

Something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness;
Washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer
A bit of a bother
He's not a friend, he's an infliction
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Pain

Cause bodily suffering to
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Pain

Cause emotional anguish or make miserable;
It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school
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