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[ lawng-suhf-er-ing, -suhf-ring, long- ]


  1. enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently.


  1. long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation:

    years of long-suffering and illness.



  1. enduring pain, unhappiness, etc, without complaint


  1. long and patient endurance

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Derived Forms

  • ˌlong-ˈsufferingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • long-suffer·ing·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of long-suffering1

First recorded in 1520–30

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Example Sentences

Others, like long-suffering partners the world over, simply put up with it and try as best they can to ignore it.

For long-suffering fans, this is presumably a moment to rejoice.

“‘Walt, Walt, you have to stop this,’” he says, mimicking his long-suffering wife.

And the long-suffering Chechens who remain in their homeland have seen it return to the Russian fold.

He hopped into the Range Rover and was swiftly driven home to Kensington Palace by his long-suffering royal protection officers.

As against the pain she inflicted, he had been generous, long-suffering— therefore his conduct was 'beautiful and precious.'

Their soul is likewise of the same stuff as their father's; it is simple, brave, and long-suffering.

Breadth is the dilation of the heart, length is long-suffering, height is hope, and depth is faith.

It was another hoax, and a most daring and gigantic one, on the part of Jack and his friends, upon their long-suffering tutor.

From South America to Cuba, there is one vast collection of trash imported to catch the pennies of these long-suffering people.


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More About Long Suffering

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.


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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym of longsuffering?

A. abiding
B. quick-tempered
C. enduring
D. forbearing




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