• WordNet 3.6
    • v suffer feel pain or be in pain
    • v suffer undergo (as of injuries and illnesses) "She suffered a fracture in the accident","He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars","She got a bruise on her leg","He got his arm broken in the scuffle"
    • v suffer feel unwell or uncomfortable "She is suffering from the hot weather"
    • v suffer get worse "His grades suffered"
    • v suffer be set at a disadvantage "This author really suffers in translation"
    • v suffer put up with something or somebody unpleasant "I cannot bear his constant criticism","The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks","he learned to tolerate the heat","She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
    • v suffer experience (emotional) pain "Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"
    • v suffer undergo or be subjected to "He suffered the penalty","Many saints suffered martyrdom"
    • v suffer undergo or suffer "meet a violent death","suffer a terrible fate"
    • v suffer feel physical pain "Were you hurting after the accident?"
    • v suffer be given to "She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nearly half of all Americans suffer from symptoms of burnout
    • Suffer To allow; to permit; not to forbid or hinder; to tolerate. "Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.""I suffer them to enter and possess."
    • Suffer To be injured; to sustain loss or damage. "Public business suffers by private infirmities."
    • Suffer To endure or undergo without sinking; to support; to sustain; to bear up under. "Our spirit and strength entire,
      Strongly to suffer and support our pains."
    • Suffer To feel or undergo pain of body or mind; to bear what is inconvenient; as, we suffer from pain, sickness, or sorrow; we suffer with anxiety. "O well for him whose will is strong!
      He suffers , but he will not suffer long."
    • Suffer To feel, or endure, with pain, annoyance, etc.; to submit to with distress or grief; to undergo; as, to suffer pain of body, or grief of mind.
    • Suffer To undergo punishment; specifically, to undergo the penalty of death. "The father was first condemned to suffer upon a day appointed, and the son afterwards the day following."
    • Suffer To undergo; to be affected by; to sustain; to experience; as, most substances suffer a change when long exposed to air and moisture; to suffer loss or damage. "If your more ponderous and settled project
      May suffer alteration."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Elizabeth the First suffered from anthophobia (a fear of roses).
    • suffer To endure; support bravely or unflinchingly; sustain; bear up under.
    • suffer To be affected by; undergo; be acted on or influenced by; sustain; pass through.
    • suffer To feel or bear (what is painful, disagreeable, or distressing); submit to with distress or grief; undergo: as, to suffer acute bodily pain; to suffer grief of mind.
    • suffer To refrain from hindering; allow; permit; tolerate.
    • suffer To tolerate abstention from.
    • suffer Synonyms To feel, bear, experience, go through.
    • suffer Allow, Permit, Consent to, etc. See allow.
    • suffer To have endurance; bear evils bravely.
    • suffer To feel or undergo pain of body or mind; bear what is distressing or inconvenient.
    • suffer To be injured; sustain loss or damage.
    • suffer To undergo punishment; especially, to be put to death.
    • suffer To allow; permit.
    • suffer To wait; hold out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you suffer from iatrophobia, you're afraid of doctors.
    • v.t Suffer suf′ėr to undergo: to endure: to be affected by: to permit
    • v.i Suffer to feel pain or punishment: to sustain loss: to be injured
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  • Plutarch
    “Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When it becomes more difficult to suffer than change -- then you will change.”
  • Hesiod
    “The fool knows after he's suffered.”
  • Proverb
    “He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “You never suffer from a money problem, you always suffer from an idea problem.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. suffren, soffren, OF. sufrir, sofrir, F. souffrir, (assumed) LL. sofferire, for L. sufferre,; sub, under + ferre, to bear, akin to E. bear,. See Bear to support


In literature:

Even if we are to suffer again as we have suffered on this journey!
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The diet of an animal suffering from acute inflammation is a factor of the greatest importance.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
My children shall never suffer such restriction.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Suffering was esteemed as a good, and self-denial with suffering made saintliness.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
She had suffered, and she was quietly fighting down her suffering without a word to anybody.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then she laughed and zed I wur a fool not to be revenged on Farmer Jory, and not to make 'im suffer more'n I'd suffered.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
But perhaps it will then arrive at the end of its sufferings, for bodies which decay suffer no longer.
"Spiritual Torrents" by Jeanne Marie Bouvières de la Mot Guyon
He was suffering from gout, and was carried by his servants within the bar.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
And that you are suffering, and suffering for this reason, constitutes my revenge.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Mother, all you have suffered he shall suffer, and a thousand times more.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking

In poetry:

'Tis sure the worst woe
To know not wherefore
My heart suffers so
Without joy or woe.
"Ariettes Oubliees" by Paul Verlaine
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Hallelujah for the cross;
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
It shall never suffer loss!
"The Cross, It Standeth Fast" by Horatius Bonar
Oh, to them are the thousands that now suffer
But one,
And that one I would beseech Thee for—
"Ivar Ingemundson's Lay" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
"'But France would have suffer'd the while,
'Tis best that I suffer alone;
I go to my place of exile,
To write of the deeds we have done.
"The Chronicle Of The Drum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
What is the tie betwixt us two
That must last our whole lives through?
"As I suffer, so do you."
That may ease the grieving.
"London Stone" by Rudyard Kipling
Come not to me, O champion of the host,
Come not to me, Ferdiah, as my foe,
For though it is thy fate to suffer most,
All, all must feel the universal woe.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Edited by New York culture writer Kate Taylor, herself a recovered anorexic , the book's authors defy many of the stereotypes about eating disorders, and who suffers from them.
Caro weighed 68 pounds at the time of her death and had suffered from anorexia since she was 13 years old.
Rato Is Grilled on Bankia as Pensioners, Investors Suffer.
Dolores ( Bannister ) Hart Turk, 78, passed away March 15, 2011, after suffering a stroke in her Sycamore, Ill. She was born Feb 23, 1933, at home in DeKalb, to Charles W and Esther (Lindeberg) Bannister .
Mickey suffered barbed-wire cuts to his face and arms from Peter B Beautiful.
The last time Liberty took the field, it suffered a 38-0 defeat at the hands of Webster County.
You're not the only species suffering in this summer's dog days.
Half the band suffered broken vertebrae in UK crash.
Barricaded man suffers burns in Merkel standoff.
MERKEL (AP) — Police say a barricaded man has suffered burns over half his body as a West Texas standoff ended with a mobile home in flames.
Bass Player Chuck Rainey Suffers Stroke.
The boys will be pushing the girls, who suffer from Batten 's disease, in their wheelchairs during Saturday's Run For Good.
I was an early enthusiast of HuffPost Live went it went on air, because I thought it might remedy some of the major problems traditional TV punditry suffers.
Indiana Dunes State Park Suffering From Beach Erosion .
A boy who has come to symbolize the civilian suffering of the war in Iraq is now in Kuwait.

In science:

Dhar (1999) found, however, that the two-loop matrix theory calculation in this background suffers from divergences.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
The level-1 tidal fields are resolved better and do not suffer from aliasing at the resolution shown (0.5 Mpc grid spacing).
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
When the resolution is increased by decreasing the pixel size, a given sample suffers from aliasing.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
However, these suffer from an undesired response to the environment (brightness variations across the ground-sky interface and across terrestrial ob jects) and are also susceptible to cross-talk (Subrahmanyan 2002).
Observing the CMB with the AMiBA
The calculation of the branching ratio as well as the direct CP asymmetry is difficult and suffers from hadronic uncertainties even within factorization.
R-parity-violating SUSY and CP violation in B --> phi K_s