painfully (adjective)

We sometimes use a phrase with “painfully” to describe difficult or uncomfortable social situations. Some common adjectives include "shy", "honest", and "awkward".

My parents got me a math tutor… he was painfully shy, but my score did go up.

She tried to have a conversation with him about it and it was painfully awkward.

She wrote him this painfully honest letter a few months later. It was brutal.

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