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 for suffering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suffer \Suf"fer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suffered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Suffering.] [OE. suffren, soffren, OF. sufrir, sofrir,
     F. souffrir, (assumed) LL. sofferire, for L. sufferre; sub
     under + ferre to bear, akin to E. bear. See Bear to
     support.]
     1. To feel, or endure, with pain, annoyance, etc.; to submit
        to with distress or grief; to undergo; as, to suffer pain
        of body, or grief of mind.
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     2. To endure or undergo without sinking; to support; to
        sustain; to bear up under.
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              Our spirit and strength entire,
              Strongly to suffer and support our pains. --Milton.
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     3. To undergo; to be affected by; to sustain; to experience;
        as, most substances suffer a change when long exposed to
        air and moisture; to suffer loss or damage.
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              If your more ponderous and settled project
              May suffer alteration.                --Shak.
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     4. To allow; to permit; not to forbid or hinder; to tolerate.
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              Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not
              suffer sin upon him.                  --Lev. xix.
                                                    17.
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              I suffer them to enter and possess.   --Milton.
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     Syn: To permit; bear; endure; support; sustain; allow; admit;
          tolerate. See Permit.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suffering \Suf"fer*ing\, n.
     The bearing of pain, inconvenience, or loss; pain endured;
     distress, loss, or injury incurred; as, sufferings by pain or
     sorrow; sufferings by want or by wrongs. "Souls in sufferings
     tried." --Keble.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suffering \Suf"fer*ing\, a.
     Being in pain or grief; having loss, injury, distress, etc.
     -- Suf"fer*ing*ly, adv.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  suffering
      adj 1: troubled by pain or loss; "suffering refugees"
      2: very unhappy; full of misery; "he felt depressed and
         miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity";
         "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages" [syn:
         miserable, suffering, wretched]
      n 1: a state of acute pain [syn: agony, suffering,
           excruciation]
      2: misery resulting from affliction [syn: suffering, woe]
      3: psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him
         great distress" [syn: distress, hurt, suffering]
      4: feelings of mental or physical pain [syn: suffering,
         hurt]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  73 Moby Thesaurus words for "suffering":
     Schmerz, ache, aches and pains, aching, admissive, adversity,
     afflicted, affliction, agonized, agony, allowing, blow, consenting,
     convulsed, cramp, crucified, cut, discomfort, distress, distressed,
     dolor, grief, hardship, harrowed, hurt, hurting, in distress,
     in pain, indulgent, injury, lacerated, lax, lenient, lesion,
     malaise, martyred, martyrized, misery, misfortune, nasty blow,
     nonprohibitive, on the rack, pain, pained, pang, passion,
     permissive, permitting, racked, shock, sore, sore spot, spasm,
     stress, stress of life, stroke, tender spot, throes, tolerant,
     tolerating, torment, tormented, torture, tortured, trial,
     tribulation, twisted, under the harrow, unprohibitive, wound,
     wounded, wrench, wrung
  
  

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