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[lawng-suhf-er-ing, -suhf-ring, long-]
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  1. enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently.
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  1. 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
Related formslong-suf·fer·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for longsuffering

submissive, subdued, deferential, serene, passive, gentle, docile, timid, unassuming, unflappable, quiet, uninvolved, static, laid-back, nonviolent, indifferent, apathetic, forgiving, tolerant, calm

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Historical Examples of longsuffering

  • Surely it is not too much for us to be longsuffering toward all.

    The Expositor's Bible: The Epistles to the Thessalonians

    James Denney

  • And your patience and longsuffering, Paul says, must be exercised "with joy."

  • “Jupiter is longsuffering to the benighted,” returned the catechist.


    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Meekness and longsuffering must stand on a basis of humility.

  • Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and patience and longsuffering?

British Dictionary definitions for longsuffering


  1. enduring pain, unhappiness, etc, without complaint
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noun Also: long-sufferance
  1. long and patient endurance
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Derived Formslong-sufferingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for longsuffering


also longsuffering, 1520s (n.), 1530s (adj.), from long (adj.) + suffering (see suffer). Old English had langmodig in this sense.

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