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.

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. Christina Richey:

    Institutions appear to be more worried about self-preservation than about their most vulnerable members, it's understandable from a financial standpoint, frankly, but when we don't see notorious harassers being fired or suffering any adverse consequences, we are less confident that complaints will be heard and adjudicated fairly. Then there are fewer complaints and less enforcement.

  2. Jonathan Walton:

    God made us all as brothers and sisters, i'm mad when people don't treat others as brothers and sisters. I'm concerned about the suffering of all people, not just black people. If anybody is being treated unjustly, I'm with them.

  3. Benjamin Breyer:

    Compounding these physiologic issues are complex social and relational challenges that meet the veteran when they return home to established relationships, if you’re suffering from depression or PTSD, it’s more difficult to relate to your spouse, which can strain the relationship and diminish sexual wellness.

  4. Frances Cheung:

    The won is both risk- and trade-sensitive, and as such it is suffering, upward pressure on USD/Asia is likely to stay before we see some economic improvement (in China).

  5. Chris Mancini:

    The reduction in pay overall is a nice thing to see from a long-suffering shareholder's perspective.

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