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
  1. noun
    feelings of mental or physical pain
    synonyms: hurt
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    agony, torment, torture
    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    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
  2. noun
    psychological suffering
    synonyms: distress, hurt
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    anguish, torment, torture
    extreme mental distress
    self-torment, self-torture
    self-imposed distress
    (Yiddish) trouble and suffering
    a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
    type of:
    pain, painfulness
    emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid
  3. noun
    a state of acute pain
    synonyms: agony, excruciation
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    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
  4. noun
    misery resulting from affliction
    synonyms: woe
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    miserableness, misery, wretchedness
    a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune
  5. adjective
    troubled by pain or loss
    suffering refugees”
    characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need
  6. adjective
    very unhappy; full of misery
    “a message of hope for suffering humanity”
    synonyms: miserable, wretched
    experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
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