Meaning of “sufferer” in the English Dictionary

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"sufferer" in British English

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sufferernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsʌf.ər.ər/ us /ˈsʌf.ɚ.ɚ/

C2 a person who has or often gets a particular illness:

Almost 50 percent of cancer sufferers are treated successfully.
A new drug may give new hope to thousands of hay-fever sufferers.

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  • an asthma sufferer
  • This new cancer treatment offers hope to many sufferers.
  • It has proved to be a wonder drug for sufferers of epilepsy, reducing seizures by up to 80%.
  • Cancer sufferers no longer face certain death as they once did.
  • The pollen count is high today, which is bad news for hay fever sufferers.

(Definition of “sufferer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sufferer" in American English

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sufferernoun [ C ]

us /ˈsʌf·ər·ər/

sufferer noun [ C ] (FEEL PAIN)

someone who experiences physical or mental pain of a type that is mentioned:

High pollen counts are bad news for allergy sufferers.

(Definition of “sufferer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)