[lawng-suhf-er-ing, -suhf-ring, long-]
- enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently.
- long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation: years of long-suffering and illness.
Origin of long-suffering
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for long-suffering
Others, like long-suffering partners the world over, simply put up with it and try as best they can to ignore it.Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family?
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For long-suffering fans, this is presumably a moment to rejoice.The Knicks Aren't a Sports Team. They're a Reality Show, and Phil Jackson is Their Latest Star.
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“‘Walt, Walt, you have to stop this,’” he says, mimicking his long-suffering wife.Latest ‘Breaking Bad’ Episode, ‘Ozymandias,’ Is Most Action-Packed Yet
September 16, 2013
And the long-suffering Chechens who remain in their homeland have seen it return to the Russian fold.The Chechens in America: Why They’re Here and Who They Are
April 19, 2013
He hopped into the Range Rover and was swiftly driven home to Kensington Palace by his long-suffering royal protection officers.He's BAAAACK! Prince Harry Parties To 10AM!
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It is harder to be long-suffering when one is out of breath.Quaint Courtships
Only the people, long-suffering and generous, remain as his resource.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
Passive, patient, long-suffering she had been the while the mortifications and slights were for herself.In the Valley
Poor Jed, the long-suffering, was goaded into a mild retort.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Take heart, Ralph Ray, most unselfish and long-suffering of men.The Shadow of a Crime
- enduring pain, unhappiness, etc, without complaint
- long and patient endurance
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Word Origin and History for long-suffering
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