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suffering (n.)

"patient enduring of pain, inconvenience, loss, etc.," mid-14c.; "undergoing of punishment, affliction, etc.," late 14c., verbal noun from suffer (v.). Meaning "a painful condition, pain felt" is from late 14c.

updated on December 26, 2013

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Definitions of suffering from WordNet
1
suffering (n.)
a state of acute pain;
Synonyms: agony / excruciation
suffering (n.)
misery resulting from affliction;
Synonyms: woe
suffering (n.)
psychological suffering;
Synonyms: distress / hurt
suffering (n.)
feelings of mental or physical pain;
Synonyms: hurt
2
suffering (adj.)
troubled by pain or loss;
suffering refugees
suffering (adj.)
very unhappy; full of misery;
a message of hope for suffering humanity
Synonyms: miserable / wretched
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