on pain of

on pain of
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn peyn uhv, ov]
    • /ɒn, ɔn peɪn ʌv, ɒv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn peyn uhv, ov]
    • /ɒn, ɔn peɪn ʌv, ɒv/

Definitions of on pain of words

  • noun on pain of physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc. 1
  • noun on pain of a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body: a back pain. 1
  • noun on pain of mental or emotional suffering or torment: I am sorry my news causes you such pain. 1
  • noun on pain of pains. laborious or careful efforts; assiduous care: Great pains have been taken to repair the engine perfectly. the suffering of childbirth. 1
  • noun on pain of Informal. an annoying or troublesome person or thing. 1
  • verb with object on pain of to cause physical pain to; hurt. 1

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Origin of on pain of

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English peine punishment, torture, pain < Old French < Latin poena penalty, pain < Greek poinḗ penalty

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Parts of speech for On pain of


on pain of popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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