• WordNet 3.6
    • n sufferance a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations "all people should practice toleration and live together in peace"
    • n sufferance patient endurance especially of pain or distress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elizabeth the First suffered from anthophobia (a fear of roses).
    • Sufferance A permission granted by the customs authorities for the shipment of goods.
    • Sufferance Loss; damage; injury. "A grievous . . . sufferance on most part of their fleet."
    • Sufferance Negative consent by not forbidding or hindering; toleration; permission; allowance; leave. "In their beginning they are weak and wan,
      But soon, through sufferance , grow to fearful end."
      "Somewhiles by sufferance , and somewhiles by special leave and favor, they erected to themselves oratories."
    • Sufferance Pain endured; misery; suffering; distress. "The seeming sufferances that you had borne."
    • Sufferance Submission under difficult or oppressive circumstances; patience; moderation. "But hasty heat tempering with sufferance wise."
    • Sufferance The state of suffering; the bearing of pain; endurance. "He must not only die the death,
      But thy unkindness shall his death draw out
      To lingering sufferance ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you suffer from iatrophobia, you're afraid of doctors.
    • n sufferance The state of suffering; the bearing of pain or other evil; endurance; suffering; misery.
    • n sufferance Damage; loss; injury.
    • n sufferance Submission under difficult or oppressive circumstances; patient endurance; patience.
    • n sufferance Consent by not forbidding or hindering; toleration; allowance; permission; leave.
    • n sufferance In customs, a permission granted for the shipment of certain goods.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Madonna suffers from garophobia (the fear of thunder).
    • ns Sufferance state of suffering: endurance: permission: toleration
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  • Plutarch
    “Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.”
  • Saying
    “He suffered from paralysis by analysis.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “Of what worth are convictions that bring not suffering?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When it becomes more difficult to suffer than change -- then you will change.”
  • Plato
    “He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. suffrance, OF. sufrance, soufrance, F. souffrance, L. sufferentia, from sufferens, -entis, p. pr. of sufferre,. See Suffer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sufferresub, under, ferre, to bear.


In literature:

He must have suffered as much as I suffer, even more so, perhaps.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Presently the girl spoke, laying all the blame upon him for the fright and suffering.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
If you insist on making me suffer, I shall do as much for you.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
She was still ill, and suffered as she had never suffered.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
This war brought great loss and suffering upon the province, and came near ruining it.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
My poor dear husband used to suffer from it shockingly.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Had the weather been rough there would have been a good deal of suffering.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
The most silent suffering is the most vocal suffering at the same time.
"Serbia in Light and Darkness" by Nikolaj Velimirovic
We did not wonder that the poor women looked pale and suffering, and trudged along with a limping gait.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
The sufferer who wears a truss like these can scarcely have a moment's comfort.
"Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured" by Chas. Cluthe & Sons

In poetry:

Thou art my portion, O my God;
Soon as I know thy way,
My heart makes haste t' obey thy word,
And suffers no delay.
"Psalm 119 part 3" by Isaac Watts
To see thee suffer in the bloom of life,
Thou whom I watched and cheered to
See thee perish thus—O God—.
"Ajax' Death (A DRAMA)" by Frank Barbour Coffin
God help her soul! She cannot see,
For very trouble, anything
Beyond this wild Gethsemane
Of swift, black suffering;
"In Memoriam~ -- Alice Fane Gunn Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
I hate no man, and yet they say
That I must fight and kill;
That I must suffer day by day
To please a master's will.
"The Conscript" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Both Man and Time have power
O'er suffering, dying men;
But Death arrives, and in that hour
The soul is freed again.
"Death! where is thy Sting?" by John Bowring
You are here; and I could weep,
Weep for joy and suffering.
"Where is he?" He'd have me sing;--
There he sits asleep.
"A Guinevere" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ajax forward Ryan Babel suffered a dislocated shoulder Sunday and will sidelined "several weeks," the Dutch club announced Tuesday.
Manager suffers loss of clout as GM fires close friend/hitting coach Hatcher.
Ike many people in their 20's, Sakumi Wakabayashi suffers from an identity crisis.
King suffers from heart arrhythmia during practice.
Sisters Lynda and Katy Grimmer are selling off the rights to their middle names to help out a friend suffering from cancer.
Two drivers suffered "major injuries" when their vehicles collided on Route 220 in Pine Creek Township about 6:30 am Thursday, state police said.
Knights would likely have to pay $5 million to spurn conference that suffered another defection.
If you are bound by a life-controlling sin, don't suffer in silence.
He suffered a massive heart attack this morning at the age of 82.
To those who find solidarity in suffering: Behold our fitness communities.
Minnesota Vikings tight end and NFC West alum John Carlson suffered a concussion when the Arizona Cardinals' Rashad Johnson struck him during a punt return in Week 7.
Save for a few titles, the genre suffers as young people flee the multiplex.
Veteran Andrew Sabin, 26, of Racine, who suffers from PTSD, has difficulty with loud, booming fireworks.
The Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City will donate 10 percent of sales to "CJ," a local border collie suffering from heartworm from 5 to 9 pm Oct 15.
Jockey Calvin Borel suffered a broken jaw when he was thrown from his mount during the running of Saturday's $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs in Louisiana.

In science:

The Riess et al. (1999a) and Jha et al. (2005) samples were primarily discovered using a galaxy catalog search, so they may suffer from little or no Malmquist bias (Li et al. 2001).
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
Since they constitute the low-redshift end of their respective surveys, there may be a suspicion that they suffer from unusually high extinction.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
The neon enhancement may indicate that the star has suffered a Very late Thermal Pulse (VLTP), similar to for example Sakurai’s Object (Hajduk et al. 2005).
The Planetary Nebula population of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
After our discovery, Di Harmer kindly conducted a similar test with it, and found that it suffers from the same problem.
The Effective Temperatures and Physical Properties of Magellanic Cloud Red Supergiants: The Effects of Metallicity
The criticism is easily leveled that of course the Galactic OB associations suffer from variable reddenings, and that such evidence is therefore somewhat dependent upon the sample selection.
The Effective Temperatures and Physical Properties of Magellanic Cloud Red Supergiants: The Effects of Metallicity