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Synonyms for sufferingˈsʌf ər ɪŋ, ˈsʌf rɪŋ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agony, suffering, excruciation(noun)

    a state of acute pain

    Synonyms:
    hurt, distress, woe, excruciation, torture, suffering, crucifixion, agony, torment

    Antonyms:
    happy, untroubled

  2. suffering, woe(noun)

    misery resulting from affliction

    Synonyms:
    agony, suffering, woe, distress, hurt, woefulness, excruciation

    Antonyms:
    happy, untroubled

  3. distress, hurt, suffering(noun)

    psychological suffering

    Synonyms:
    hurt, injury, distress, detriment, harm, excruciation, damage, distraint, suffering, trauma, agony, scathe, woe

    Antonyms:
    untroubled, happy

  4. suffering, hurt(adj)

    feelings of mental or physical pain

    Synonyms:
    hurt, injury, distress, detriment, harm, excruciation, damage, agony, suffering, trauma, woe, scathe

    Antonyms:
    untroubled, happy

  5. suffering(adj)

    troubled by pain or loss

    Synonyms:
    wretched, miserable

    Antonyms:
    untroubled, happy

  6. miserable, suffering, wretched(adj)

    very unhappy; full of misery

    Synonyms:
    low-down, pitiable, pathetic, piteous, abject, vile, misfortunate, poor, pitiful, hapless, slimy, miserable, unworthy, deplorable, suffering, scurvy, scummy, worthless, ugly, woeful, measly, wretched, paltry, execrable, despicable, low

    Antonyms:
    untroubled, happy

Wiktionary

  1. suffering(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    in, pain

  2. suffering(noun)

    The condition of someone who suffers; a state of pain or distress.

    Synonyms:
    in, pain

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. suffering

    Pain is the most general term of this group, including all the others; pain is a disturbing sensation from which nature revolts, resulting from some injurious external interference (as from a wound, a bruise, a harsh word, etc.), or from some lack of what one needs, craves, or cherishes (as, the pain of hunger or bereavement), or from some abnormal action of bodily or mental functions (as, the pains of disease, envy, or discontent). Suffering is one of the severer forms of pain. The prick of a needle causes pain, but we should scarcely speak of it as suffering. Distress is too strong a word for little hurts, too feeble for the intensest suffering, but commonly applied to some continuous or prolonged trouble or need; as, the distress of a shipwrecked crew, or of a destitute family. Ache is lingering pain, more or less severe; pang, a pain short, sharp, intense, and perhaps repeated. We speak of the pangs of hunger or of remorse. Throe is a violent and thrilling pain. Paroxysm applies to an alternately recurring and receding pain, which comes as it were in waves; the paroxysm is the rising of the wave. Torment and torture are intense and terrible sufferings. Agony and anguish express the utmost pain or suffering of body or mind. Agony of body is that with which the system struggles; anguish that by which it is crushed.

    Synonyms:
    ache, agony, anguish, distress, pain, pang, paroxysm, throe, torment, torture, twinge, wo(e)

    Antonyms:
    comfort, delight, ease, enjoyment, peace, rapture, relief, solace

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. suffering(n.)

    Synonyms:
    endurance, pain, distress, misery, sufferance, passion

  2. suffering(n.)

    Synonyms:
    poverty, want

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

sufferings, pain, misery, plight, distress, hardship, agony, suffer, anguish, experiencing, grief, hardships


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