Definition of suffering noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsʌfərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌfərɪŋ//
    Being ill
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  1. 1  [uncountable] physical or mental pain Death finally brought an end to her suffering. This war has caused widespread human suffering. See related entries: Being ill
  2. 2sufferings [plural] feelings of pain and unhappiness The hospice aims to ease the sufferings of the dying.
  3. Extra examples The West has contributed to the immense amount of suffering in underdeveloped countries. The taunts of her schoolmates caused her intense mental suffering. These pills should relieve his suffering for a couple of hours. It was a life full of pain and suffering.
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