[ lawng-suhf-er-ing, -suhf-ring, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˈsʌf ər ɪŋ, -ˈsʌf rɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ- /
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enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently.
long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation: years of long-suffering and illness.
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Origin of long-suffering
First recorded in 1520–30
OTHER WORDS FROM long-sufferinglong-suf·fer·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use long-suffering in a sentence
There can be no peace without longsuffering, and therefore Paul lists this virtue next.
To withstand his continued assaults we must be longsuffering and patiently wait for the devil to get tired of his game.
Meekness and longsuffering must stand on a basis of humility.The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon|Alexander Maclaren
How delightful to talk about oneself; but as you 'tempted me and I did eat,' I entreat your longsuffering of my sin, and ah!The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846|Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
Patience bears evil and injustice; but longsuffering delays punishment.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II|Martin Luther
British Dictionary definitions for long-suffering
enduring pain, unhappiness, etc, without complaint
noun Also: long-sufferance
long and patient endurance
Derived forms of long-sufferinglong-sufferingly, adverb
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