- to undergo or feel pain or distress: The patient is still suffering.
- to sustain injury, disadvantage, or loss: One's health suffers from overwork. The business suffers from lack of capital.
- to undergo a penalty, as of death: The traitor was made to suffer on the gallows.
- to endure pain, disability, death, etc., patiently or willingly.
- to undergo, be subjected to, or endure (pain, distress, injury, loss, or anything unpleasant): to suffer the pangs of conscience.
- to undergo or experience (any action, process, or condition): to suffer change.
- to tolerate or allow: I do not suffer fools gladly.
Origin of suffer
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Examples from the Web for sufferable
It is so difficult to condole in a manner at all sufferable.Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3)
William Davy Watson
Lady Ann was offended, and seriously: was alliance with such a woman permissible or sufferable?There and Back
Your Madame must be insufferable indeed, seeing that her knowledge of these subjects and men did not make her sufferable to you.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)
Frederic G. Kenyon
Even Bully Pigeon was sufferable (as Paddy observed), if he was not altogether agreeable.The Three Midshipmen
Yet no man will, at this day, pretend that the Greek of his prize ode is sufferable.
- able to be tolerated or suffered; endurable
- to undergo or be subjected to (pain, punishment, etc)
- (tr) to undergo or experience (anything)to suffer a change of management
- (intr) to be set at a disadvantagethis author suffers in translation
- to be prepared to endure (pain, death, etc)he suffers for the cause of freedom
- (tr) archaic to permit (someone to do something)suffer the little children to come unto me
- suffer from
- to be ill with, esp recurrently
- to be given tohe suffers from a tendency to exaggerate
Word Origin and History for sufferable
early 13c., "to be made to undergo, endure" (pain, death, punishment, judgment, grief), from Anglo-French suffrir, Old French sufrir, from Vulgar Latin *sufferire, variant of Latin sufferre "to bear, undergo, endure, carry or put under," from sub "up, under" (see sub-) + ferre "to carry" (see infer).
Replaced Old English þolian, þrowian. Meaning "to meekly submit to hardship" is from late 13c. That of "to undergo" (distress, suffering, etc.) is mid-14c. Meaning "to tolerate, allow" something to occur or continue is recorded from mid-13c. Related: Suffered; suffering.