Origin of suffering
Synonyms for suffering
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of suffer
Synonyms for suffer
Related Words for sufferingmisfortune, hardship, torture, ordeal, difficulty, discomfort, torment, misery, anguish, adversity, dolor, passion, distress, martyrdom, affliction
Examples from the Web for suffering
Contemporary Examples of suffering
In the middle of all of that past suffering and present-day conflict, this Cosby bomb was dropped.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
The program—weirdly—is now under the umbrella of ABC News, and is suffering from flat ratings and an aging demographic.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014
December 22, 2014
Instead, most of the suffering species ate insects on the forest floor.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
Another man chimes in: “Today we are living at the edge of suffering.”The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
The struggle continues and Chan is punched, suffering a broken nose.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
Historical Examples of suffering
I'm always amused when I read about the suffering in the tenements.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But in the end this period of suffering proved a real blessing.
Their suffering was great but they never lost courage and help was near.
Of course he's suffering, my dear—but look at the smile on him!A Night Out
Well, even if we were, we've no right to get our happiness out of her suffering.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- to be ill with, esp recurrently
- to be given tohe suffers from a tendency to exaggerate
Word Origin for suffer
"patient enduring of hardship," mid-14c.; "undergoing of punishment, affliction, etc.," late 14c., verbal noun from suffer (v.).
early 13c., "to be made to undergo, endure" (pain, death, punishment, judgment, grief), from Anglo-French suffrir, Old French sufrir, from Vulgar Latin *sufferire, variant of Latin sufferre "to bear, undergo, endure, carry or put under," from sub "up, under" (see sub-) + ferre "to carry" (see infer).
Replaced Old English þolian, þrowian. Meaning "to meekly submit to hardship" is from late 13c. That of "to undergo" (distress, suffering, etc.) is mid-14c. Meaning "to tolerate, allow" something to occur or continue is recorded from mid-13c. Related: Suffered; suffering.
see not suffer fools gladly.