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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.
Then, begging her pardon for all past unpleasantness, to make her a present of ten thousand roubles and so assist the rupture with Mr.
The point is, that I did actually cause your sister, whom I greatly respect, some trouble and unpleasantness, and so, sincerely regretting it, I want--not to compensate, not to repay her for the unpleasantness, but simply to do something to her advantage, to show that I am not, after all, privileged to do nothing but harm.
It is not your fault that this unpleasantness has arisen.
After all that unpleasantness with Rhona a few years back, they should really keep a closer eye on their drugs.
THE North East's Ukip Euro MP has quit his party in protest at its descent into unpleasantness and multiple changes of leadership.
Why did we have to wait until 2017 for someone with the cerebral clarity of Professor Robert J Sandford (letter Aug 4) to come up with the one brilliant idea which could have avoided the battle of Passchendaele and, by extension, all that unpleasantness with Adolph Hitler some 20 years later.
The easiest example for discussion is the second section of the first chapter: it surveys the allusions to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (and sometimes Through the Looking-Glass) that appear in The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.
May 18, 1915: Pte H Avison from Crosland Moor wrote home to say he had had his baptism of fire in the trenches, adding: "After the first hour or so all the unpleasantness wore off and we got quite lively and passed jokes on to another.
They've had plenty to time to learn their lesson since the unpleasantness of the Andrew Sachs affair in 2008, so while we would be disappointed if they were on their absolute best behaviour, they hopefully won't cause any major scandals.
Then there was all the unpleasantness with Malky, and the good name of the club being dragged through the gutter.