What does suffering mean?

Definitions for suffering
ˈsʌf ər ɪŋ, ˈsʌf rɪŋsuf·fer·ing

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word suffering.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agony, suffering, excruciationnoun

    a state of acute pain

  2. suffering, woenoun

    misery resulting from affliction

  3. distress, hurt, sufferingnoun

    psychological suffering

    "the death of his wife caused him great distress"

  4. suffering, hurtadjective

    feelings of mental or physical pain

  5. sufferingadjective

    troubled by pain or loss

    "suffering refugees"

  6. miserable, suffering, wretchedadjective

    very unhappy; full of misery

    "he felt depressed and miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity"; "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"

Wiktionary

  1. sufferingnoun

    The condition of someone who suffers; a state of pain or distress.

  2. sufferingadjective

    Experiencing pain.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sufferingnoun

    Pain suffered.

    Etymology: from suffer.

    Rejoice in my sufferings for you. Col. i. 24.

    With what strength, what steadiness of mind,
    He triumphs in the midst of all his sufferings? Addison.

    We may hope the sufferings of innocent people, who have lived in that place which was the scene of rebellion, will secure from the like attempts. Addison.

    It increased the smart of his present sufferings to compare them with his former happiness. Francis Atterbury.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suffering

    of Suffer

  2. Sufferingnoun

    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

  3. Sufferingadjective

    being in pain or grief; having loss, injury, distress, etc

Freebase

  1. Suffering

    Suffering, or pain in a broad sense, is an experience of unpleasantness and aversion 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. Suffering may be qualified 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, and often dramatically. As a result, many fields of human activity are concerned, from their own points of view, 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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suffering' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3660

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suffering' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4126

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suffering' in Nouns Frequency: #2392

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suffering in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suffering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of suffering in a Sentence

  1. Bill Hare:

    An increasing number of people around the world are suffering from ever more severe and frequent impacts of climate change, yet government action continues to lag behind what is needed.

  2. Kerenga Kua:

    We, as a government, have opted to re-look at the (Papua LNG) agreement because it was signed at a time when we were in the throes, or in the process, of changing the government, it's about weighing it between the nervousness of the investors and the pain and suffering of our own people ... by consultation you will be able to test the threshold of tolerance and then find that balance.

  3. President Francois Hollande:

    These proposals are balanced and realistic. They aim to stop the suffering of those close to the end of their lives, respect their wishes and allows the right to die in dignity.

  4. Alwiyat Seif al-Sham:

    The response wasn't at the required speed, or at the level of the attack the regime and are Iran are waging against us, what we are suffering from is being targeting by the regime with guided missiles from the hills they control, and the warplanes dropping barrel bombs.

  5. Deepak Chopra:

    My only goal right now, honestly, is to help alleviate suffering in the world to the extent that I can, so I try to help people experience joy, practice techniques that counteract stress, and most importantly, try to create an ecosystem, I'm hoping, of one billion people worldwide who are personally engaged in alleviating suffering for themselves and others.

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