[ lawng-suhf-er-ing, -suhf-ring, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˈsʌf ər ɪŋ, -ˈsʌf rɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ- /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM long-suffering

long-suf·fer·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for longsuffering



enduring pain, unhappiness, etc, without complaint

noun Also: long-sufferance

long and patient endurance

Derived forms of long-suffering

long-sufferingly, adverb
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