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. To feel, or endure, with pain, annoyance, etc.; to submit to with distress or grief; to undergo; as, to suffer pain of body, or grief of mind. [1913 Webster]

2. To endure or undergo without sinking; to support; to sustain; to bear up under. [1913 Webster]

Our spirit and strength entire, Strongly to suffer and support our pains. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To undergo; to be affected by; to sustain; to experience; as, most substances suffer a change when long exposed to air and moisture; to suffer loss or damage. [1913 Webster]

If your more ponderous and settled project May suffer alteration. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To allow; to permit; not to forbid or hinder; to tolerate. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. --Lev. xix. 17. [1913 Webster]

I suffer them to enter and possess. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To permit; bear; endure; support; sustain; allow; admit; tolerate. See {Permit}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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 …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • 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 …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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

  • 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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”