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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In an effort to stop Alex's slow suffering, Roger throws what appears to be oil on the fire and creates a mini-explosion that speeds up his death. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Roger Finally Redeemed Himself on Outlander," 21 Jan. 2019 Through the journey of The Missing, J.J. finds power in her experience of this suffering — hate and rage and bravery. Julie Muncy, The Verge, "This queer horror game forces you to literally tear yourself apart," 8 Nov. 2018 To be Muslim is to remain accountable to that suffering. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 The show, which spawned a national debate about cultural appropriation, prompted theater critics and black activists to denounce it for masking black suffering. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "A Show About Slaves, With White Actors, Will Go On After Protests," 12 July 2018 Each and every one of them led to unspeakable suffering for children, families and entire communities. Washington Post, "UN: 1 in 4 children live in country of conflict or disaster," 11 July 2018 RealBooksYouCanHoldAndSmell Written by don Miguel Ruiz, the tome describes self-limiting beliefs, and how readers can use the Four Agreements—each based on Toltec Wisdom—to eliminate suffering and self-doubt and experience true happiness. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Can't Stop Reading This Book and We Can See Why," 7 Aug. 2018 To be human is to be attuned to the suffering of others. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 But creating humor can also be a way of dealing with personal suffering. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Learning to Be Funny," 9 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
: 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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