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Almost every time I am in a lectureship on a college campus, young people will say, If there is a God and if he is a loving and merciful God, how do you explain the problems of suffering and death and all the tragedies that happen to people?
John Clayton

Meaning of "suffering" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SUFFERING

suffering  [ˈsʌfərɪŋ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SUFFERING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Suffering is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SUFFERING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

suffering

Suffering

Suffering, or pain in a broad sense, is an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm or threat of harm in an individual. Suffering is the basic element that makes up the negative valence of affective phenomena. Suffering may be qualified as physical or mental. It may come in all degrees of intensity, from mild to intolerable. Factors of duration and frequency of occurrence usually compound that of intensity. Attitudes toward suffering may vary widely, in the sufferer or other people, according to how much it is regarded as avoidable or unavoidable, useful or useless, deserved or undeserved. Suffering occurs in the lives of sentient beings in numerous manners, and often dramatically. As a result, many fields of human activity are concerned, from their own points of view, with some aspects of suffering. These aspects may include the nature of suffering, its processes, its origin and causes, its meaning and significance, its related personal, social, and cultural behaviors, its remedies, management, and uses.

Definition of suffering in the English dictionary

The definition of suffering in the dictionary is the pain, misery, or loss experienced by a person who suffers. Other definition of suffering is the state or an instance of enduring pain, etc.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SUFFERING


bearing
ˈbɛərɪŋ
buffering
ˈbʌfərɪŋ
catering
ˈkeɪtərɪŋ
ciphering
ˈsaɪfərɪŋ
considering
kənˈsɪdərɪŋ
covering
ˈkʌvərɪŋ
during
ˈdjʊərɪŋ
engineering
ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪərɪŋ
gathering
ˈɡæðərɪŋ
hearing
ˈhɪərɪŋ
manufacturing
ˌmænjʊˈfæktʃərɪŋ
measuring
ˈmɛʒərɪŋ
monitoring
ˈmɒnɪtərɪŋ
offering
ˈɒfərɪŋ
ordering
ˈɔːdərɪŋ
pilfering
ˈpɪlfərɪŋ
steering
ˈstɪərɪŋ
syphering
ˈsaɪfərɪŋ
touring
ˈtʊərɪŋ
wearing
ˈwɛərɪŋ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SUFFERING

suffect
suffer
suffer from
sufferable
sufferableness
sufferably
sufferance
sufferer
sufferingly
suffete
suffice
suffice it to say that
sufficer
sufficience
sufficiencies
sufficiency
sufficient
sufficient condition
sufficient reason
sufficiently

WORDS THAT END LIKE SUFFERING

bring
civil engineering
electrical engineering
empowering
fingering
flattering
flowering
hovering
lettering
lowering
mechanical engineering
pioneering
power steering
recovering
rendering
scattering
self-catering
triggering
wandering
watering
whispering

Synonyms and antonyms of suffering in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SUFFERING»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «suffering» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of suffering

Translation of «suffering» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SUFFERING

Find out the translation of suffering to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of suffering from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «suffering» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

痛苦
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

sufrimiento
570 millions of speakers

English

suffering
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पीड़ित
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يعاني
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

страдает
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sofrimento
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সহন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

souffrance
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Penderitaan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Leid
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

苦しみ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

고통
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Gerah
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bị
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பாதிக்கப்பட்ட
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

दुःख
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

çile
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sofferenza
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

cierpienie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

страждає
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

suferință
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

που πάσχουν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lyding
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

lidande
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

lidelse
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of suffering

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SUFFERING»

The term «suffering» is very widely used and occupies the 7.612 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SUFFERING» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about suffering

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10 QUOTES WITH «SUFFERING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word suffering.
1
Kathleen Battle
I hear music that comes out of need, out of grief, sorrow, suffering and out of overcoming these things, as well. That journey to freedom still goes on today. It's an incremental change, the culmination of many events in your own life and the lives of your children and grandchildren.
2
Wendell Berry
For any sin, we all suffer. That is why our suffering is endless.
3
Donald Cargill
I wish there were more true conversion, and then there would not be so much backsliding, and, for fear of suffering, living at ease, when there are so few to contend for Christ and His cause.
4
Anna Maria Chavez
Unless and until our society recognizes cyber bullying for what it is, the suffering of thousands of silent victims will continue.
5
Michael Chertoff
I think the idea that you can go this alone is - was a huge mistake. And unfortunately, there was a price paid in terms of suffering and pain for people in New Orleans.
6
Lydia M. Child
But men never violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences, sooner or later.
7
John Clayton
Almost every time I am in a lectureship on a college campus, young people will say, If there is a God and if he is a loving and merciful God, how do you explain the problems of suffering and death and all the tragedies that happen to people?
8
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.
9
John Conyers
Too many of my constituents, like many other hard working Americans across the country, are suffering unnecessarily due to our flawed health care system.
10
Anderson Cooper
A lot of compelling stories in the world aren't being told, and the fact that people don't know about them compounds the suffering.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SUFFERING»

Discover the use of suffering in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to suffering and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Distant Suffering: Morality, Media and Politics
The book concludes with a discussion of a 'crisis of pity' in relation to modern forms of humanitarianism. A possible way out of this crisis is suggested which involves an emphasis and focus on present suffering.
Luc Boltanski, 1999
2
This Republic of Suffering
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Drew Gilpin Faust, 2008
3
Suffering: A Test of Theological Method
How can an omnipotent God allow suffering and violence to pervade the world?
Arthur Chute McGill, 1982
4
Creative Dimensions of Suffering
Explores the link between suffering, creativity, and spirituality.
A. M. Ghadirian, 2009
5
Suffering: A Sociological Introduction
Providing a clear and thoughtful discussion of human suffering, Iain Wilkinson explores some of the ways in which research into social suffering might lead us to reinterpret the meaning of modern history as well as revise our outlook upon ...
Iain Wilkinson, 2005
6
Social Suffering
"Social Suffering" takes in the human consequences of war, famine, depression, disease and torture, problems that result from what political, economic and institutional power does to people.
Arthur Kleinman, Veena Das, Margaret M. Lock, 1997
7
God and Human Suffering: An Exercise in the Theology of the ...
Professor Hall has written a major work on an agonizing subject, at once brilliant, comprehensive, and thought provoking.In contrast to many writers who gloss over one or the other, Dr. Hall is true both to the reality of suffering and to ...
Douglas John Hall
8
Suffering
. . The book is a marvelous exercise in cultural self-analysis that is preliminary to any meaningful exorcism and redirection.
Dorothee Sölle, 1989
9
Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juárez
Nancy Pineda-Madrid re-conceives traditional Christian notions of salvation by closing attending to the experience of the embattled women of Ciudad Ju rez in Mexico, where hundreds have been slain and where survivors have found healing and ...
Nancy Pineda-Madrid, 2011
10
Suffering
This is one of the few texts available that focuses on the human aspect of managing pain and suffering.
Betty Ferrell, 1996

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SUFFERING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term suffering is used in the context of the following news items.
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Buddhists, Catholics begin new dialogue on 'suffering, liberation …
Buddhists, Catholics begin new dialogue on 'suffering, liberation, fraternity' ... Rome this week, focused on the themes of 'Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity'. «Vatican Radio, Jun 15»
2
Old Wounds Return with 'The Suffering Spirit'
A press release notes that The Suffering Spirit was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andreas Magnusson (the Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), and it ... «Exclaim!, May 15»
3
CRYPTOPSY To Release 'The Book Of Suffering' Series Of EPs
Three years after the release of their self-titled album, Canadian extreme metallers CRYPTOPSY will release a series of EPs titled "The Book Of Suffering". «BLABBERMOUTH.NET, May 15»
4
'I find God in suffering': The gripping life and death of Kayla Mueller
“Some people find God in Church, some people find God in nature, some people find God in love, I find God in suffering,” Kayla's mother, Marsha Mueller told ... «Catholic News Agency, May 15»
5
'The Suffering' Poster and Trailer Fight For Sanity
Reclusive Cinema has just released a new trailer and this sick ass poster for The Suffering, about a property appraiser who fights for his sanity when he's ... «Bloody Disgusting, Apr 15»
6
Yarmouk - a timeline of suffering
As IRIN's interactive timeline shows, suffering in the camp is not new - it has been under siege by the Syrian government for around two years, with the residents ... «IRINnews.org, Apr 15»
7
If God loves us, why do we face pain and suffering?
How can God really be good when we experience suffering? We might manage to get through it when times are hard and we're in pain or distress – or worse, ... «ChristianToday, Apr 15»
8
Times Insider | Hospitals Try to Reduce Suffering: Reporter's Notebook
18 front-page article about hospitals and their increased interest in reducing suffering. She explains how the story took shape. I never thought of suffering in the ... «New York Times, Feb 15»
9
Silver Jews: "Suffering Jukebox"
I returned to the band's last album, 2008's Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea, and play my favorite track: "Suffering Jukebox." I love this song, plain and simple. «Gizmodo, Jan 15»
10
Suffering in Afghanistan Hits Record High -- for Any Country
More than six in 10 Afghans evaluate their lives poorly enough to be considered "suffering" -- the highest figure ever recorded for any country since Gallup ... «Gallup.com, Dec 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Suffering [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/suffering>. Nov 2020 ».
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