Meaning of “suffering” in the English Dictionary

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"suffering" in British English

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sufferingnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈsʌf.ər.ɪŋ/ us /ˈsʌf.ɚ.ɪŋ/

B2 physical or mental pain that a person or animal is feeling:

The war will cause widespread human suffering.

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  • Now she is at peace and her suffering is over.
  • After months of suffering, his death was a mercy.
  • The idea is to kill the animal as quickly as possible without causing unnecessary suffering.
  • The drugs did nothing to alleviate her suffering.
  • No report can convey the unspeakable suffering that this war has caused.

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

"suffering" in American English

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sufferingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈsʌf·ər·ɪŋ/

physical or mental pain:

The prolonged drought and famine caused widespread suffering.

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