suffering

noun suf·fer·ing \ ˈsə-f(ə-)riŋ \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of suffering

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

Examples of suffering in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of suffering

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 English Language Learners

suffering

Definition of suffering for English Language Learners

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

  • sufferings : feelings of pain


SUFFERING Defined for Kids

suffering

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

Definition of suffering for Students

: pain experienced during an injury or loss


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