suffering


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suffering

n. the pain, hurt, inconvenience, embarrassment, inability to perform normal activities as a result of injury, usually in the combination "pain and suffering," for which a person injured by another's negligence or wrongdoing may recover "general damages" (a money amount not based on specific calculation like medical bills, but as compensation for the suffering which is subjective and based on the empathy of the trier of the facts---jury or judge without a jury). (See: damages, general damages, injury, negligence, pain and suffering)

See: adversity, anguish, discipline, distress, effect, hardship, misfortune, pain, prostration, punishment, sanction, toll, trouble
References in classic literature ?
Major Heyward was mistaken only in suffering his youthful and generous pride to suppress his active watchfulness.
She would have been too happy but for poor Harriet; but every blessing of her own seemed to involve and advance the sufferings of her friend, who must now be even excluded from Hartfield.
I had been suffering for many weary weeks past such remorse as only miserable women like me can feel.
It should be so," said Sancho; "but when I was blanketed as a member, my head was on the other side of the wall, looking on while I was flying through the air, and did not feel any pain whatever; and if the members are obliged to feel the suffering of the head, it should be obliged to feel their sufferings.
The Scene of Suffering is a destructive or painful action, such as death on the stage, bodily agony, wounds and the like.
Perhaps suffering is just as great a benefit to him as well-being?
And if the meeting had no good effect on her, it would be pure, useless suffering to you--severe suffering, I fear.
With these they continued on, suffering the greatest hardships.
Salton, and Sir Nathaniel were all concerned in the issue, partly from kindness of heart--for none of them could see suffering, even of wild birds, unmoved--and partly on account of their property, which had to be protected, or ruin would stare them in the face before long.
Then I went down, fighting, beneath a half-hundred warriors; but before they had battered me into unconsciousness I heard that from the lips of Dejah Thoris that made all my suffering well worth while.
Now he seemed to see her in the early days of their marriage, with bare shoulders and a languid, passionate look on her face, and then immediately he saw beside her Dolokhov's handsome, insolent, hard, and mocking face as he had seen it at the banquet, and then that same face pale, quivering, and suffering, as it had been when he reeled and sank on the snow.
So at last he had given up, reserving his particular bit of exquisite mental torture for the last moment, when, just before the savage spears of the cannibals should for ever make the object of his hatred immune to further suffering, the Russian planned to reveal to his enemy the true whereabouts of his wife whom he thought safe in England.