suffering

[ suhf-er-ing, suhf-ring ]
/ ˈsʌf ər ɪŋ, ˈsʌf rɪŋ /

noun

the state of a person or thing that suffers.
Often sufferings. something suffered by a person or a group of people; pain: the sufferings of the slaves.

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Origin of suffering

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at suffer, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM suffering

suf·fer·ing·ly, adverbun·suf·fer·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for suffering

suffering
/ (ˈsʌfərɪŋ, ˈsʌfrɪŋ) /

noun

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

Derived forms of suffering

sufferingly, adverb
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