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Pain
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1. Definition

Pain (from Latin poena via Old French peine; German Schmerz from OHG smerza/smerzo and MHG smerze/smerz; Greek álgos; Latin dolor, acerbitas) is a complex sensory perception; as an acute event, it serves as a warning sign and guidepost, but chronic pain has lost this element. An early modern synonym of Schmerz is Pein (from OHG pîna and MHG pîne/pîn, from Latin poena, “penance, pu…

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Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe, “Pain”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027126>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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