suffering

  • 1 suffering — index adversity, discipline (punishment), distress (anguish), hardship, misfortune, pain, prostra …

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  • 2 Suffering — Suf fer*ing, n. The bearing of pain, inconvenience, or loss; pain endured; distress, loss, or injury incurred; as, sufferings by pain or sorrow; sufferings by want or by wrongs. Souls in sufferings tried. Keble. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Suffering — Suf fer*ing, a. Being in pain or grief; having loss, injury, distress, etc. {Suf fer*ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 suffering — patient enduring of hardship, mid 14c.; undergoing of punishment, affliction, etc., late 14c., from prp. of SUFFER (Cf. suffer) (v.) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 suffering — *distress, misery, agony, dolor, passion Analogous words: affliction, tribulation, *trial, visitation: adversity, *misfortune: *sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, heartache, heartbreak …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 suffering — [n] pain, agony adversity, affliction, anguish, difficulty, discomfort, distress, dolor, hardship, martyrdom, misery, misfortune, ordeal, passion, torment, torture; concept 728 Ant. happiness, health, joy …

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  • 7 suffering — [suf′ər iŋ, suf′riŋ] n. 1. the bearing or undergoing of pain, distress, or injury 2. something suffered; pain, distress, or injury SYN. DISTRESS …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Suffering — This article is about suffering or pain in the broadest sense. For physical pain, see Pain. For other uses, see The Suffering. Tragic mask on the façade of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm Suffering, or pain in a broad sense,[1] is …

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  • 9 SUFFERING — The presence of suffering in the world poses a problem for religion insofar as it seems to contradict the notion of an all powerful benevolent God. It would seem that if God were good, He would not want His creatures to suffer, and if, all… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 10 suffering — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ enormous, great, immense, intense, massive, real, terrible, unbearable, unimaginable, untold ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 suffering — For both Judaism and Christianity belief in the goodness of God has made the universal experience of suffering the supreme problem for theology. Broadly, two kinds of suffering are recognized in the Bible: that which comes upon us because of our… …

    Dictionary of the Bible

  • 12 suffering — n. 1) to inflict suffering on 2) to bear, endure suffering 3) to alleviate, ease, relieve suffering 4) chronic; great, incalculable, intense, untold suffering * * * [ sʌf(ə)rɪŋ] ease endure suffering great. incalculable intense relieve suffering… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 suffering — Physical pain; mental anguish. There is no adequate definition of pain; the best that can be done is to describe a reaction to pain. This reaction is the body s awareness of unpleasant changes or activities that call attention to a particular… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 14 suffering — [[t]sʌ̱fərɪŋ[/t]] sufferings N UNCOUNT: also N in pl Suffering is serious pain which someone feels in their body or their mind. → See also long suffering They began to recover slowly from their nightmare of pain and suffering... It has caused… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 suffering */ — UK [ˈsʌfərɪŋ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms suffering : singular suffering plural sufferings mental or physical pain or problems The embargo has caused a lot of suffering to ordinary people. She told of her sufferings at the hands… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 suffering — I noun 1. a state of acute pain (Freq. 11) • Syn: ↑agony, ↑excruciation • Derivationally related forms: ↑excruciate (for: ↑excruciation), ↑ …

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  • 17 suffering — suf|fer|ing [ˈsʌfərıŋ] n [U and C] serious physical or mental pain ▪ the suffering of the refugees after the war ▪ the pain and suffering caused by road accidents …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 Suffering — Suffer Suf fer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suffered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suffering}.] [OE. suffren, soffren, OF. sufrir, sofrir, F. souffrir, (assumed) LL. sofferire, for L. sufferre; sub under + ferre to bear, akin to E. bear. See {Bear} to support.] 1 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 19 suffering — suf|fer|ing [ sʌfərıŋ ] noun count or uncount * mental or physical pain or problems: The embargo has caused a lot of suffering to ordinary people. She told of her sufferings at the hands of her oppressors …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 suffering — noun (C, U) physical or mental pain and difficulty, or an experience of this: the suffering of innocent people during a war …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English