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Pain

What is the ori­gin of the word “pain”?

This word lit­er­ally means “pun­ish­ment.” It’s from the Latin poena, mean­ing “penalty.” The orig­i­nal idea must have been that any­one who suf­fers from pain must de­serve pun­ish­ment – for Adam’s sins, if not for his own.

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