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Meaning of long-suffering

long-suf•fer•ing

Pronunciation: (lông'suf'ur-ing, -suf'ring, long'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently.
—n.
  1. long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation: years of long-suffering and illness.
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