suffering

Suffering is the kind of pain you feel when you shatter your ankle and it's what you'll see all around you if you find yourself in the middle of a tornado or an earthquake.

When you're suffering, you're not happy — in fact, you're quite miserable. The Latin roots that give us suffering and related words paint a vivid picture of what suffering feels like. The word comes from sub-, meaning "below," and ferre, "bear." Suffering is something pressing you down that you have to submit to and bear. It's definitely the opposite of fun.

Definitions of suffering
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n feelings of mental or physical pain

Synonyms:
hurt
Types:
agony, torment, torture
intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
throes
violent pangs of suffering
discomfort, irritation, soreness
an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress
Type of:
pain, painfulness
emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid

n psychological suffering

Synonyms:
distress, hurt
Types:
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anguish, torment, torture
extreme mental distress
self-torment, self-torture
self-imposed distress
tsoris
(Yiddish) trouble and suffering
wound
a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
Type of:
pain, painfulness
emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid

n a state of acute pain

Synonyms:
agony, excruciation
Types:
throe
severe spasm of pain
Passion, Passion of Christ
the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion
Type of:
hurting, pain
a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

n misery resulting from affliction

Synonyms:
woe
Type of:
miserableness, misery, wretchedness
a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune

adj troubled by pain or loss

suffering refugees”
Synonyms:
troubled
characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need

adj very unhappy; full of misery

“a message of hope for suffering humanity”
Synonyms:
miserable, wretched
unhappy
experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent

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