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: pain that is caused by injury, illness, loss, etc. : physical, mental, or emotional pain

sufferings : feelings of pain

Full Definition of SUFFERING

:  the state or experience of one that suffers
:  pain

Examples of SUFFERING

  1. ways to alleviate human suffering
  2. They hope these new drugs will help to bring an end to the suffering of arthritis patients.
  3. His lawsuit seeks damages for pain and suffering.
  4. the sufferings of the dying

First Known Use of SUFFERING

14th century

Synonym Discussion of SUFFERING

distress, suffering, misery, agony mean the state of being in great trouble. distress implies an external and usually temporary cause of great physical or mental strain and stress <the hurricane put everyone in great distress>. suffering implies conscious endurance of pain or distress <the suffering of famine victims>. misery stresses the unhappiness attending especially sickness, poverty, or loss <the homeless live with misery every day>. agony suggests pain too intense to be borne <in agony over the death of their child>.
SUFFERING Defined for Kids


noun suf·fer·ing \ˈsə-fə-riŋ, ˈsə-friŋ\

Definition of SUFFERING for Kids

:  pain experienced during an injury or loss


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