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suffering

[ suhf-er-ing, suhf-ring ]

noun

  1. the state of a person or thing that suffers.

    Synonyms: distress, pain, torture, torment, agony

  2. Often sufferings. something suffered by a person or a group of people; pain:

    the sorrows and sufferings of our poorest citizens.



suffering

/ ˈsʌfərɪŋ; ˈsʌfrɪŋ /

noun

  1. the pain, misery, or loss experienced by a person who suffers
  2. the state or an instance of enduring pain, etc


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Derived Forms

  • ˈsufferingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • suffer·ing·ly adverb
  • un·suffer·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of suffering1

First recorded in 1350–1400; suffer + -ing 1( def )

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Example Sentences

This outcome would prolong the pandemic and its subsequent death and suffering.

As American adults faced economic hardships brought on by the pandemic this year, a real-time payment system—which many countries around the world have already instituted—could have saved money and prevented suffering, Klein says.

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“The city is obligated, I think, to take some time to take stock of how much harm this caused – and then take measures to remedy or compensate people for that suffering,” he said.

Pleasure is good and suffering is bad because Reality is essentially directed toward the former and away from the latter.

While we seldom stop to think about it, much of the suffering faced by humanity is brought about by the systemic foe that is the Work Crisis.

In the middle of all of that past suffering and present-day conflict, this Cosby bomb was dropped.

The program—weirdly—is now under the umbrella of ABC News, and is suffering from flat ratings and an aging demographic.

It seemed gratuitous and counter-intuitive in a story that had already inflicted more than enough suffering.

Instead, most of the suffering species ate insects on the forest floor.

Another man chimes in: “Today we are living at the edge of suffering.”

In the year of misery, of agony and suffering in general he had endured, he had settled upon one theory.

There is, perhaps, in this childish suffering often something more than the sense of being homeless and outcast.

They are unquestionably penitent now; but then, you know, they have the recollection of very recent suffering fresh upon them.

Because if that was to atone for man's sin, it was needless, as God could have forgiven man without Himself suffering.

The General in command of the station was a feeble old man, suffering from senile decay.

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