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He sobbed as he relived the painful memory.
His autobiography recounts the unique and painful experience of imprisonment.
The loss of her husband to cancer was unbearably painful.
My feet were sometimes so painful and swollen that I could not wear shoes.
She suffers from stiff and painful joints.
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the part of a church where the priests and choir sit during a religious ceremony