peine, from Latin poena, from Greek poine 'payment, punishment'
1 [uncountable and countable]the feeling you have when part of your body hurtsCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS have a pain in your stomach/leg/side etc be in pain chest pain/back pain/neck pain etc severe/terrible/chronic pain sharp pain (=a short but severe pain) excruciating pain (=very severe pain) dull pain (=one that is not severe but continues for a long time) nagging pain (=one that continues for a long time and keepsbothering you) shooting pain (=a severe pain that starts in one place then quickly moves to another) ease/relieve/kill pain pain relief/control inflict pain (on somebody) labour pains (=pain felt by a woman who is starting to have a baby) aches and pains (=slight feelings of pain that are not very serious)
at the risk of being killed as punishment, if you do not obey:
Communist activity was prohibited on pain of death.
WORD FOCUS: pain WORD FOCUS: pain pain in different parts of your body:headache, backache, toothache, earache, stomach ache, my leg/arm/neck etc hurts to feel a lot of pain:be in agony what you say when something hurts:ouchpain ➔painful, sore, twinge
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.