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Suffer

To admit, allow, or permit.

The term suffer is used to convey the idea of Acquiescence, passivity, indifference, or abstention from preventive action, as opposed to the taking of an affirmative step.

suffer

verb abide, accede, accept, allow, assent, authorize, be reconciled, be resigned, bear with, brook, comply, concede, consent, empower, give consent, give leave, give permission, grant, grant perrission, indulge, let, license, oblige, pati, permittere, put up with, sinere, tolerate

suffer

(Sustain loss), verb agonize, ail, anguish, be afflicted, be impaired, be injured, be racked, be stricken, be subjected to, be wounded, bear, endure, experience loss, feel pain, hurt, incur loss, languish, lose, minui, sacrifice, sustain damage
Associated concepts: suffer harm, suffer loss
See also: abide, acknowledge, allow, bear, consent, endure, forbear, languish, let, permit, recognize, sanction, tolerate, vouchsafe
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And, when running into more sufferable latitudes, the ship, with mild stun'sails spread, floated across the tranquil tropics, and, to all appearances, the old man's delirium seemed left behind him with the Cape Horn swells, and he came forth from his dark den into the blessed light and air; even then, when he bore that firm, collected front, however pale, and issued his calm orders once again; and his mates thanked God the direful madness was now gone; even then, Ahab, in his hidden self, raved on.
Between her spasms of complaint about her arthritis and bad gums, her erratic driving and her fear of "the ethnics," she has these moments, usually in the mornings, after her third cup of syrupy coffee, when she is sufferable, when she will make a wisecrack or offer up some personal history, the only type available to us from a reliable narrator--that is, not Mother.
It's the small, personal touches, such as pictures of your kids or dogs, that make working life sufferable, isn't it?
But we've inherited a low-speed analog to that dumping that goes back more than a generation and, as the Declaration of Independence notes, `all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Ernst van Alphen, in his provocative catalogue essay, "Playing the Holocaust," suggests that play, like art, is "a mode of transforming an insufferable reality into something normal--something sufferable.
At the outset of both Othello and A Farewell to Arms, alienation is modest and sufferable, and only gradually escalates to intolerable proportions.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.