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Origin of long-suffering
OTHER WORDS FROM long-sufferinglong-suf·fer·ing·ly, adverb
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What does long-suffering mean?
Long-suffering is most commonly used as an adjective to describe someone who patiently endures negative situations for long periods of time without complaining.
It’s often used in situations in which someone has endured pain, injury, illness, hardship, tragedy, or difficulty in accomplishing something. It’s also often used to describe a person who has stood by or supported someone during a difficult time.
Sometimes, it’s used in the context of situations that aren’t very serious, such as to describe the faithful and long-suffering fans of a team that always loses. It’s also often used to describe a spouse as patiently enduring the whims or aggravating behaviors of their partner, as in My long-suffering husband merely sighed when I brought home yet another stray cat.
Importantly, though, long-suffering doesn’t simply indicate that someone has endured bad things for a long time—it implies that they have endured such things without complaint.
Long-suffering can also be used as a noun meaning the patient endurance of negative situations without complaint. It can refer to a quality, an ability, or an instance of such endurance.
In religious contexts, long-suffering is discussed as a virtue, especially one involving being patient and slow to get angry. A close synonym is forbearance.
Long-suffering is sometimes spelled as one word, without a hyphen, as longsuffering. It’s perhaps most commonly spelled this way when it’s used as a noun.
Example: My long-suffering family has made so many sacrifices without complaint during this long ordeal.
Where does long-suffering come from?
The first records of the term long-suffering come from the 1520s. The word suffering in long-suffering isn’t necessarily used in the sense of experiencing agonizing physical or emotional pain. It can refer to this, but the suffering experienced isn’t necessarily this intense.
Long-suffering can be used in a range of situations, ranging from patiently tolerating annoyances to enduring long periods of serious illness. Using long-suffering to describe a person is a compliment that often shows a deep level of respect for their ability to withstand hardship.
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What are some other forms related to long-suffering?
- longsuffering (nonhyphenated spelling, usually used for the noun sense)
- long-sufferingly (adverb)
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How is long-suffering used in real life?
Long-suffering is somewhat formal, though it can be used in contexts that aren’t very serious.
If I were an Arewa woman, I would’ve long been confined in a mental institution. It’s sad that culturally privileged men think it’s wise to demonize women challenging their place as long-suffering victims of gender-based violence. The attacks on #NorthNormal reflect poorly on us.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) November 26, 2019
With apologies to my long-suffering wife …
… who this weekend is stuck with me excitedly talking about minimalist robots made in the 1980s from Walkmans and how they changed *everything*
— J Wolfgang Goerlich (@jwgoerlich) October 11, 2020
There is no better NFL opening than Cleveland. The Browns' future is brighter than some playoff teams. Couldn't be happier for their long-suffering fans.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) December 31, 2018
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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym of long–suffering?
Example sentences from the Web for long-suffering
In other words, fluoride is a broad-spectrum, bipartisan, long-lasting magnet for dissent.
And they might not have to wait that long to show their political heft.
The plan is to stretch it out as long as possible, then probably forget about it, and then suddenly remember it.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Great American leaders have long contributed profound thoughts of tremendous consequence to the public discourse.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the middle of all of that past suffering and present-day conflict, this Cosby bomb was dropped.
It was a decayed house of superb proportions, but of a fashion long passed away.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
As long as may be necessary, Sam,” replied Mr. Pickwick, “you have my full permission to remain.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Ages back—let musty geologists tell us how long ago—'twas a lake, larger than the Lake of Geneva.
In the year of misery, of agony and suffering in general he had endured, he had settled upon one theory.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
I hate to be long at my toilette at any time; but to delay much in such a matter while travelling is folly.