Origin of suffering
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- to undergo or feel pain or distress: The patient is still suffering.
- to sustain injury, disadvantage, or loss: One's health suffers from overwork. The business suffers from lack of capital.
- to undergo a penalty, as of death: The traitor was made to suffer on the gallows.
- to endure pain, disability, death, etc., patiently or willingly.
- to undergo, be subjected to, or endure (pain, distress, injury, loss, or anything unpleasant): to suffer the pangs of conscience.
- to undergo or experience (any action, process, or condition): to suffer change.
- to tolerate or allow: I do not suffer fools gladly.
Origin of suffer
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- the pain, misery, or loss experienced by a person who suffers
- the state or an instance of enduring pain, etc
- to undergo or be subjected to (pain, punishment, etc)
- (tr) to undergo or experience (anything)to suffer a change of management
- (intr) to be set at a disadvantagethis author suffers in translation
- to be prepared to endure (pain, death, etc)he suffers for the cause of freedom
- (tr) archaic to permit (someone to do something)suffer the little children to come unto me
- suffer from
- to be ill with, esp recurrently
- to be given tohe suffers from a tendency to exaggerate
Word Origin and History for suffering
"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.