suffering

noun
suf·fer·ing | \ ˈsə-f(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of suffering 

1 : the state or experience of one that suffers

2 : pain

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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 suffering and brave testimony of the victims and their families will be a painful memory for the rest of my days. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "USOC names new CEO at critical time for Olympic movement," 12 July 2018 The trailer is also surprisingly action-packed and fun for a movie by Steve McQueen, a director known for searing films about human suffering and great inner turmoil. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "The Trailer for Widows Will Kick Your Monday in the Ass," 4 June 2018 Yet the issue of how to suitably memorialize a conflict that caused so much pain and suffering echoes in the United States as well. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 Another case may be that of a woman who decides to end her life and assumes the idea of murdering her children as a merciful act to avoid pain and suffering, Pettit said. Johanna A. Álvarez, miamiherald, "Florida among top states for murder-suicides," 2 July 2018 The majority holds otherwise by ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Sotomayor read Trump’s tweets too and wants to know why the rest of the Supreme Court didn’t.," 26 June 2018 The majority holds otherwise by ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Sonia Sotomayor Reads the Supreme Court's Travel Ban Decision for Filth," 26 June 2018 Benedict Cumberbatch, suffering, sweating, joking and then suffering some more on Showtime’s Patrick Melrose. Tom Gilatto, PEOPLE.com, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018 Such suffering, merely for having family connections with a dissident, may continue to plague Liu’s family. The Economist, "China frees the widow of a Nobel peace-prize winner," 11 July 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

sufferings : 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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