Synonyms of suffering


1. agony, suffering, excruciation, pain, hurting

usage: a state of acute pain

2. suffering, woe, misery, wretchedness, miserableness

usage: misery resulting from affliction

3. distress, hurt, suffering, pain, painfulness

usage: psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress"

4. suffering, hurt, pain, painfulness

usage: feelings of mental or physical pain


1. suffer, endure, experience, see, go through

usage: undergo or be subjected to; "He suffered the penalty"; "Many saints suffered martyrdom"

2. suffer, sustain, have, get, experience, receive, have, get

usage: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "She suffered a fracture in the accident"; "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars"; "She got a bruise on her leg"; "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"

3. suffer, feel, experience

usage: experience (emotional) pain; "Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"

4. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up, permit, allow, let, countenance

usage: put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

5. suffer, worsen, decline

usage: get worse; "His grades suffered"

6. suffer, hurt, be

usage: feel pain or be in pain

7. hurt, ache, suffer, perceive, comprehend

usage: feel physical pain; "Were you hurting after the accident?"

8. suffer, be

usage: feel unwell or uncomfortable; "She is suffering from the hot weather"

9. suffer, tend, be given, lean, incline, run

usage: be given to; "She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"

10. suffer, meet, experience, see, go through

usage: undergo or suffer; "meet a violent death"; "suffer a terrible fate"

11. suffer, lose, worsen, decline

usage: be set at a disadvantage; "This author really suffers in translation"


1. suffering, troubled (vs. untroubled)

usage: troubled by pain or loss; "suffering refugees"

2. miserable, suffering, wretched, unhappy (vs. happy)

usage: very unhappy; full of misery; "he felt depressed and miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity"; "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"

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Definition and meaning of suffering (Dictionary)