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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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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." He continues: "In the context of modern art, toys are often considered bizarre or of marginal interest, but in the context of Holocaust representation they are provocative, even scandalous." Among the most controversial items in the show is Zbigniew Libera's LEGO Concentration Camp Set, 1996.
That he counseled submission to the legitimately constituted authority in the empire, even though it had violated the constitution, was nothing more than an expression of the belief that Parliament's evils were sufferable.
Instead, he makes a judgment, not thoroughly explained, that abstractness is sufferable when First Amendment rights are involved because those are the most important.
At the outset of both Othello and A Farewell to Arms, alienation is modest and sufferable, and only gradually escalates to intolerable proportions.
Of course a cave in which "light is fearful" not only conjures up images of blind fish and bats learning to live without light, but also of those men chained in the dark of Plato's cavern, as well as Levertov's own appropriation of Anne Sexton's line, "Light Up the Cave." Yet both Guillevic and Levertov are outside of the Platonic tradition, to the extent that they see no option but the cave, each in his or her own way wishing to make it inhabitable or at least sufferable. Though the poem distances itself from its central image of "cave," it retains that name for its title, as it best represents a lengthy crouching and hiding in unconscious, unaware parts.
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.
While one could not suggest that the guards were pleasant, they were at least sufferable. The young guard at the window actually had my visa.
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.
What connects the two realms--inner states (of soul) and constellated relations of actual appearances--is the interpretive force of the 'basic will of spirit'; it gathers fluctuating, chaotic and seemingly unintelligible illusory processes into an amenable schemata that the human animal can use to raise the sufferable ugliness of this world into something more beautiful and with measure (12).
Offering serious reflection on human nature as well as current political conditions, Jefferson's famous document declared that men are more disposed to suffer abuses, when abuses are sufferable, than to throw off familiar customs and ties.
As the Declaration of Independence observed, "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for fight 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." I am somewhat concerned, however, that we may be about to move from a government that merely loots our wallets for the benefit of Wall Street (as the recent $850 billion bailout was), to something considerably more frightening.
Drugs are also a byproduct of civilization itself: they allowed people to cope with fatigue, thus making their miserable lives sufferable. At the centre of this section is the internal dilemma of the state: profit versus prohibition.