Pain vs Permission - What's the difference?

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Pain is a related term of permission.

As nouns the difference between pain and permission

is that pain is while permission is authorisation; consent (especially formal consent from someone in authority).

As an adverb pain

is towards, in/to the direction of.




  • (countable, and, uncountable) 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.
  • (uncountable) The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress; sadness; grief; solicitude; disquietude.
  • In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.
    The pain of departure was difficult to bear.
  • (countable) An annoying person or thing.
  • Your mother is a right pain .
  • (uncountable, obsolete) Suffering inflicted as punishment or penalty.
  • You may not leave this room on pain of death.
    Interpose, on pain of my displeasure. — Dryden
    We will, by way of mulct or pain , lay it upon him. — Bacon
  • Labour; effort; pains.
  • Usage notes

    * Adjectives often used with "pain": mild, moderate, severe, intense, excruciating, debilitating, acute, chronic, sharp, dull, burning, steady, throbbing, stabbing, spasmodic, etc.


    * (an annoying person or thing) pest * See also


    * pleasure


    * agony * anguish * pang * neuropathic pain * nociceptive pain * phantom pain * psychogenic pain

    Derived terms

    * pain in the arse * pain in the ass * pain in the back * pain in the bum * pain in the butt * pain in the neck * painkiller * painy


    (en verb)
  • 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.
  • To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.
  • It pains me to say that I must let you go.
  • (obsolete) To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.
  • References

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  • authorisation; consent (especially formal consent from someone in authority)
  • Sire, do I have your permission to execute this traitor?
  • The act of permitting.
  • (computing) flags or access control lists pertaining to a file that dictate who can access it, and how.
  • I used the "chmod" command to change the file's permission .


    * prohibition

    Derived terms

    * permissible * permissioning * permissive * planning permission


    * impression