suffering Definition

  • 1the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship
  • 2the state of being affected by or subject to something specified

Using suffering: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "suffering" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The suffering of the refugees is heart-wrenching.

  • Example

    She has been suffering from a chronic illness for years.

  • Example

    The country is suffering from an economic crisis.

  • Example

    The victims of the disaster are still suffering from trauma.

suffering Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for suffering

Antonyms for suffering

Idioms Using suffering

  • to endure one's pain or hardship without complaint


    She took her suffering with grace and dignity.

  • to be patient with or tolerate foolish or incompetent people


    He doesn't suffer fools gladly and can be quite blunt with people he considers incompetent.

  • suffer the consequences

    to experience the negative results or effects of one's actions


    If you don't study for the exam, you will suffer the consequences.

Phrases with suffering

  • a term used in the Bible to describe a person who suffers on behalf of others


    The prophet Isaiah wrote about the suffering servant who would come to save his people.

  • an artist who experiences emotional or financial difficulties in pursuit of their art


    Vincent van Gogh is often considered a suffering artist due to his struggles with mental illness and poverty.

  • to endure pain or hardship without complaining or seeking help


    He was suffering in silence for months before finally seeking medical attention.

Origins of suffering

from Old English 'sufferan', meaning 'to undergo'


Summary: suffering in Brief

The term 'suffering' [ˈsʌfərɪŋ] refers to the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. It can also denote being affected by or subject to something specified. Examples include refugees, chronic illness, economic crises, and trauma. Phrases like 'suffering servant' and 'suffering artist' describe individuals who experience pain or hardship. Idioms like 'suffer fools gladly' and 'suffer the consequences' extend the concept of suffering to patience and consequences.

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