suffering

noun
suf·​fer·​ing | \ ˈsə-f(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce suffering (audio) \

Definition of suffering

1 : the state or experience of one that suffers
2 : pain

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of suffering in a Sentence

ways to alleviate human suffering They hope these new drugs will help to bring an end to the suffering of arthritis patients. His lawsuit seeks damages for pain and suffering. the sufferings of the dying
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The resulting scene, in which Roger hastens Alexandre's death, ending what would have been days of suffering, is quite shocking. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Richard Rankin Weighs in on Roger's Role in Tonight's Shocking Final Scene," 21 Jan. 2019 Sometimes, the answer is just to listen Both pastors agree that putting the problem of suffering into a theological context can be a long process. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "How faith leaders respond to tragedies like the California wildfires," 21 Nov. 2018 This does not mean that scientists believe that the suffering of the people who claim to have this syndrome is not real. Rafal Tokarz, Health.com, "The Lyme Disease Complication You Don't Know About—But Should," 31 May 2018 More than that, though, these kinds of stories often paint the suffering of women as collateral damage in the service of male inspiration. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leaders rethinking choices and presentations at Milwaukee art museums in age of #MeToo," 18 May 2018 Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday because the passion narrative, a name for the final acts and suffering of Jesus, is recounted on this day. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Palm Sunday? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 4 Mar. 2019 Flashbacks to their country’s Stalin-era suffering help explain their devotion to their mission; even so, doubts and disillusionment with the Soviet cause creep in. The Economist, "The death of the archetypal Russian villain," 28 June 2018 Yet the thought of the vicissitudes of her suffering never seemed to register with him. Anna Pasternak, Town & Country, "How Wallis Simpson Reacted When King Edward VIII Revealed His Plans to Abdicate," 5 Mar. 2019 In the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which aired that same month, Gaga allowed cameras to document her suffering to shed light on the syndrome. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Opens Up About A Star Is Born, MeToo, and a Decade in Pop," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of suffering

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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suffering

noun

English Language Learners Definition of suffering

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

suffering

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

Kids Definition of suffering

: pain experienced during an injury or loss

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