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Definition 1: feelings of mental or physical pain - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for suffering in the sense of this definition

(suffering is a kind of ...) emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid

"the pain of loneliness"

(... is a kind of suffering ) intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain

"an agony of doubt" "the torments of the damned"

(... is a kind of suffering ) violent pangs of suffering

"death throes"

(... is a kind of suffering ) an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress

Definition 2: psychological suffering - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where suffering or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the death of his wife caused him great distress

Synonyms for suffering in the sense of this definition

(suffering is a kind of ...) emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid

"the pain of loneliness"

(... is a kind of suffering ) extreme mental distress

(... is a kind of suffering ) self-imposed distress

(... is a kind of suffering ) (Yiddish) trouble and suffering

(... is a kind of suffering ) a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)

"he feared that mentioning it might reopen the wound" "deep in her breast lives the silent wound" "The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound--that he will never get over it"

Definition 3: a state of acute pain - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for suffering in the sense of this definition

(suffering is a kind of ...) a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

"the patient developed severe pain and distension"

(... is a kind of suffering ) severe spasm of pain

"the throes of dying" "the throes of childbirth"

(... is a kind of suffering ) the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion

Definition 4: misery resulting from affliction - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for suffering in the sense of this definition

(suffering is a kind of ...) a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune

"the misery and wretchedness of those slums is intolerable"

Definition 5: troubled by pain or loss - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where suffering or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • suffering refugees

(suffering is similar to ...) characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need

"troubled areas" "fell into a troubled sleep" "a troubled expression" "troubled teenagers"

Definition 6: very unhappy; full of misery - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where suffering or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he felt depressed and miserable
  • a message of hope for suffering humanity
  • wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages

Synonyms for suffering in the sense of this definition

(suffering is similar to ...) experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent

"unhappy over her departure" "unhappy with her raise" "after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence" "had an unhappy time at school" "the unhappy (or sad) news" "he looks so sad"

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