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suffering

adjective

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suffering

noun

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suffering

verb
present participle of suffer

Synonyms & Antonyms of suffering (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to come to a knowledge of (something) by living through it
  • willingly suffered hardships so that their children would have a better life

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4 to fail to prevent (some behavior on someone's part) especially from neglect or indifference
  • I will not suffer you to insult me so!

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How does the noun suffering differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of suffering are agony, distress, and misery. While all these words mean "the state of being in great trouble," suffering implies conscious endurance of pain or distress.

the suffering of famine victims

When can agony be used instead of suffering?

While in some cases nearly identical to suffering, agony suggests pain too intense to be borne.

in agony over the death of their child

When might distress be a better fit than suffering?

While the synonyms distress and suffering are close in meaning, distress implies an external and usually temporary cause of great physical or mental strain and stress.

the hurricane put everyone in great distress

When could misery be used to replace suffering?

The synonyms misery and suffering are sometimes interchangeable, but misery stresses the unhappiness attending especially sickness, poverty, or loss.

the homeless live with misery every day

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The first known use of suffering was in the 14th century

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“Suffering.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/suffering. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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