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smartful

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EtymologyEdit

smart +‎ -ful

AdjectiveEdit

smartful (comparative more smartful, superlative most smartful)

  1. (obsolete) painful
    • 1679, Thomas Trapham, A Discurse of the State of Health in the Island of Jamaica (page 112)
      But this Itch in spite of Morals will be catching, and the beginning natural pleasure will often urge the smartful end, especially in the precipitant Youth, who scarcely sufficiently dread the Fire till they have been savingly burnt.
    • 1834, The Literary Cyclopædia, Or Universal Dictionary of Ideas
      Even the absence alone of fore-gone joy is troublesome; how much more when they wind downward into smartful extremities?