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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sick person, diseased person, sufferernoun

    a person suffering from an illness

  2. martyr, sufferernoun

    one who suffers for the sake of principle


  1. sufferernoun

    One who suffers.

  2. sufferernoun

    One who is afflicted.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sufferernoun

    Etymology: from suffer.

    This evil on the Philistines is fall’n,
    The sufferers then will scarce molest us here,
    From other hands we need not much to fear. John Milton.

    And when his love was bounded in a few,
    That were unhappy that they might be true,
    Made you the fav’rite of his last sad times,
    That is, a suff’rer in his subjects crime. Dryden.

    She returns to me with joy in her face, not from the sight of her husband, but from the good luck she has had at cards; and if she has been a loser, I am doubly a sufferer by it: she comes home out of humour, because she has been throwing away my estate. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    The history of civil wars and rebellions does not make such deep and lasting impressions, as events of the same nature in which we or our friends have been sufferers. Addison.


  1. sufferer

    Suffering, or pain in a broad sense, may be an experience of unpleasantness or aversion, possibly associated with the perception of harm or threat of harm in an individual. Suffering is the basic element that makes up the negative valence of affective phenomena. The opposite of suffering is pleasure or happiness. Suffering is often categorized as physical or mental. It may come in all degrees of intensity, from mild to intolerable. Factors of duration and frequency of occurrence usually compound that of intensity. Attitudes toward suffering may vary widely, in the sufferer or other people, according to how much it is regarded as avoidable or unavoidable, useful or useless, deserved or undeserved. Suffering occurs in the lives of sentient beings in numerous manners, often dramatically. As a result, many fields of human activity are concerned with some aspects of suffering. These aspects may include the nature of suffering, its processes, its origin and causes, its meaning and significance, its related personal, social, and cultural behaviors, its remedies, management, and uses.


  1. sufferer

    A sufferer is a person who is experiencing pain, discomfort, distress, or hardship, often due to a physical or mental condition, disease, problem, or difficult circumstance. This term may also be used to refer to an individual who is enduring a particular type of disadvantage or injustice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sufferernoun

    one who suffers; one who endures or undergoes suffering; one who sustains inconvenience or loss; as, sufferers by poverty or sickness; men are sufferers by fire or by losses at sea

  2. Sufferernoun

    one who permits or allows

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sufferer' in Nouns Frequency: #2501

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sufferer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sufferer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sufferer in a Sentence

  1. Saadi Shirazi:

    Were all thy fond endeavours vain To chase away the sufferer?s smart, Still hover near, lest absence pain His lonely heart.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    What omniscience has music! So absolutely impersonal, yet every sufferer feels his secret sorrow soothed.

  3. Joseph Addison:

    A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.

  4. Saadi Shirazi:

    Dost thou desire that thine own heart should not suffer, redeem thou the sufferer from the bonds of misery.

  5. Mahesh Sharma:

    They (SpiceJet) have given their problem to us and they have said that in case they have to shut down their operation then the sufferer will be the passenger, they have requested certain relaxations and we will discuss it with our officers, we will discuss it with the senior minister and of course the government also about what best can be done.

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