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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
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I regret very much that you should have been put to unpleasantness at the Baron's hands; but, the fault (pardon me) is your own.
The unpleasantness of the matter was that, in addition to their effect upon Tess, her fine features were unquestionably traceable in these exaggerated forms.
Piper in consequence for an unpleasantness originating in young Perkins' having "fetched" young Piper "a crack," renews her friendly intercourse on this auspicious occasion.
Morland could not but feel that it might have been productive of much unpleasantness to her; that it was what they could never have voluntarily suffered; and that, in forcing her on such a measure, General Tilney had acted neither honourably nor feelingly -- neither as a gentleman nor as a parent.
He was particularly anxious that this one day should be passed-- especially the evening--without unpleasantness between himself and his family; and just at the right moment the prince turned up--"as though Heaven had sent him on purpose," said the general to himself, as he left the study to seek out the wife of his bosom.
One quarrel makes many, and this unpleasantness led to a violent dispute between Grubb and the landlord upon the moral aspects of and legal responsibility for the consequent re-glazing.
There was a good deal of unpleasantness over the business.
I will the bridge fire," he said in a solemn tone as if to announce that in spite of all the unpleasantness he had to endure he would still do the right thing.
I could easily get him to write that he knew no facts in proof of the report you speak of, though it might lead to unpleasantness.
If you will keep silence about it, there need be no unpleasantness on either side--nothing, I mean, beyond what is quite unavoidable: for my own feelings I will endeavour to keep to myself, if I cannot annihilate them--I will try to forgive, if I cannot forget the cause of my sufferings.
He said that he wanted a rest, and Tarzan, rather than add to the unpleasantness which already made camp life almost unendurable, had permitted the two men to depart without a remonstrance.
She had hoped before she voiced her sentiments that it would not be necessary for her to enter into the transaction at all, for she believed that Clayton was amply able to cope with every emergency, but she had to admit that so far at least he had shown no greater promise of successfully handling the situation than any of the others, though he had at least refrained from adding in any way to the unpleasantness, even going so far as to give up the tin to the sailors when they objected to its being opened by him.