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Synonyms for SUFFERING
ˈsʌf ər ɪŋ, ˈsʌf rɪŋSUFFERING

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  1. sufferingadjective

    in, pain

  2. sufferingnoun

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

    in, pain

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. suffering

    Pain is the most general term of this group, including all the others; pain is a disturbing sensation from which nature revolts, resulting from some injurious external interference (as from a wound, a bruise, a harsh word, etc.), or from some lack of what one needs, craves, or cherishes (as, the pain of hunger or bereavement), or from some abnormal action of bodily or mental functions (as, the pains of disease, envy, or discontent). Suffering is one of the severer forms of pain. The prick of a needle causes pain, but we should scarcely speak of it as suffering. Distress is too strong a word for little hurts, too feeble for the intensest suffering, but commonly applied to some continuous or prolonged trouble or need; as, the distress of a shipwrecked crew, or of a destitute family. Ache is lingering pain, more or less severe; pang, a pain short, sharp, intense, and perhaps repeated. We speak of the pangs of hunger or of remorse. Throe is a violent and thrilling pain. Paroxysm applies to an alternately recurring and receding pain, which comes as it were in waves; the paroxysm is the rising of the wave. Torment and torture are intense and terrible sufferings. Agony and anguish express the utmost pain or suffering of body or mind. Agony of body is that with which the system struggles; anguish that by which it is crushed.

    ache, agony, anguish, distress, pain, pang, paroxysm, throe, torment, torture, twinge, wo(e)

    comfort, delight, ease, enjoyment, peace, rapture, relief, solace

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agony, suffering, excruciationnoun

    a state of acute pain

    hurt, distress, woe, excruciation, torture, suffering, crucifixion, agony, torment

    happy, untroubled

  2. suffering, woenoun

    misery resulting from affliction

    agony, suffering, woe, distress, hurt, woefulness, excruciation

    happy, untroubled

  3. distress, hurt, sufferingnoun

    psychological suffering

    "the death of his wife caused him great distress"

    hurt, injury, distress, detriment, harm, excruciation, damage, distraint, suffering, trauma, agony, scathe, woe

    untroubled, happy

  4. suffering, hurtadjective

    feelings of mental or physical pain

    hurt, injury, distress, detriment, harm, excruciation, damage, agony, suffering, trauma, woe, scathe

    untroubled, happy

  5. sufferingadjective

    troubled by pain or loss

    "suffering refugees"

    wretched, miserable

    untroubled, happy

  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"

    low-down, pitiable, pathetic, piteous, abject, vile, misfortunate, poor, pitiful, hapless, slimy, miserable, unworthy, deplorable, suffering, scurvy, scummy, worthless, ugly, woeful, measly, wretched, paltry, execrable, despicable, low

    untroubled, happy

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sufferingnoun

    endurance, pain, distress, misery, sufferance, passion

  2. sufferingnoun

    poverty, want

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sufferingnoun

    distress, agony, misery, pain, discomfort, torture, sufferance

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  1. Bill Weld:

    Ours is a nation built on courage, resilience, and independence. In these times of great political strife, when both major parties are entrenched in their' win at all cost' battles, the voices of the American people are being ignored and our nation is suffering, it is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag. It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln -- equality, dignity, and opportunity for all. There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight.

  2. Eric Mascall:

    A very large amount of human suffering and frustration is caused by the fact that many men and women are not content to be the sort of beings that God has made them, but try to persuade themselves that they are really beings of some different kind.

  3. Woody Allen:

    Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.

  4. Burlington County:

    During this child's short time on Earth, she experienced nothing but pain and suffering caused by the hands of her own mother, this was an atrocious act, and one that was entirely preventable given our state's law that allows someone to anonymously give up an unwanted infant.

  5. Jonny Kim:

    I wish I had a book like [Extreme Ownership] to teach me but maybe you wouldn't have been affected. I mean, maybe you require a little bit of suffering through those mistakes to really hit home.

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