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English adjective: suffering

1. suffering troubled by pain or loss

SamplesSuffering refugees.



2. suffering very unhappy; full of misery

SamplesHe felt depressed and miserable.
A message of hope for suffering humanity.
Wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages.

Synonymsmiserable, wretched



English noun: suffering

1. suffering (state) a state of acute pain

Synonymsagony, excruciation

Broader (hypernym)hurting, pain

Narrower (hyponym)Passion, Passion of Christ, throe

2. suffering (state) misery resulting from affliction


Broader (hypernym)miserableness, misery, wretchedness

3. suffering (feeling) psychological suffering

SamplesThe death of his wife caused him great distress.

Synonymsdistress, hurt

Broader (hypernym)pain, painfulness

Narrower (hyponym)anguish, self-torment, self-torture, torment, torture, tsoris, wound

4. suffering (feeling) feelings of mental or physical pain


Broader (hypernym)pain, painfulness

Narrower (hyponym)agony, discomfort, irritation, soreness, throes, torment, torture

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