- 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 sufferer
Depression is often a laborious uphill struggle for the sufferer and their loved ones.The Burden Robin Williams Carried: Diagnosed With Parkinson’s and Depression
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
August 15, 2014
The sufferer determines that death is the only way to cease the pain.The Professor and the Doomsday Clock: ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ & Signs of John Kennedy Toole’s Suicide
December 17, 2012
But many migraines come on completely mysteriously, no matter how careful a sufferer has been to avoid triggers.Presidents Can Have Migraines
July 20, 2011
May not, however, so deep a sufferer be permitted to speak out?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
She also has heard the moans of some sufferer, and importunes Pitu Salla to tell her who it is.Apu Ollantay
The sufferer had just wakened from sleep, and he motioned to Philip to raise him.Night and Morning, Complete
A disorder which renders the sufferer unable to curb his tongue when you wish to talk.The Devil's Dictionary
As I was the sufferer I have the best right to tell the tale.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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 sufferer
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.