Someone who's long-suffering puts up stoically with discomfort, trouble, or other people's bad behavior. Your patient old dog, who calmly endures the hugs and ear-tugs of little kids, is long-suffering.

If someone is described as a long-suffering wife or husband, the implication is that this person has put up with a stubborn, frustrating, or cranky spouse for many years — without complaining. The long-suffering fans of a losing baseball team, on the other hand, keep on rooting enthusiastically for them despite their disappointing record. This adjective has existed in English since the 16th century.

Definitions of long-suffering
  1. adjective
    patiently bearing continual wrongs or trouble
    “a long-suffering and uncomplaining wife”
    synonyms: enduring
    enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance
  2. noun
    patient endurance of pain or unhappiness
    synonyms: long-sufferance
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    type of:
    the power to withstand hardship or stress
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