sufferance


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suf·fer·ance

 (sŭf′ər-əns, sŭf′rəns)
n.
1. Patient endurance, especially of pain or distress.
2. Suffering; misery.
3. Sanction or permission implied or given by failure to prohibit; tacit consent; tolerance.

[Middle English suffrance, from Old French sufrance, from Latin sufferentia, from sufferēns, sufferent-, present participle of sufferre, to suffer; see suffer.]

sufferance

(ˈsʌfərəns; ˈsʌfrəns)
n
1. tolerance arising from failure to prohibit; tacit permission
2. capacity to endure pain, injury, etc
3. the state or condition of suffering
4. archaic patient endurance
5. on sufferance with reluctance
[C13: via Old French from Late Latin sufferentia endurance, from Latin sufferre to suffer]

suf•fer•ance

(ˈsʌf ər əns, ˈsʌf rəns)

n.
1. passive permission resulting from lack of interference; tolerance.
2. capacity to endure pain, hardship, etc.; endurance.
3. suffering; misery.
4. patient endurance.
[1250–1300; Middle English suffrance < Old French soufrance < Late Latin sufferentia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sufferance - patient endurance especially of pain or distress
endurance - the power to withstand hardship or stress; "the marathon tests a runner's endurance"
2.sufferance - a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situationssufferance - a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations; "all people should practice toleration and live together in peace"
permissiveness, tolerance - a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
self acceptance - an acceptance of yourself as you are, warts and all
Translations

sufferance

[ˈsʌfərəns] N on sufferancea disgusto, a regañadientes
she made it clear that he was only here on sufferancedejó claro que él sólo estaba aquí a disgusto or a regañadientes
the civilian authorities are only there on sufferance of the militarylas autoridades civiles están allí sólo porque los militares las toleran

sufferance

[ˈsʌfərəns] n
on sufferance
He was only there on sufferance → Sa présence était seulement tolérée.

sufferance

nDuldung f; on sufferance(nur or stillschweigend) geduldet; he’s allowed to sleep here on sufferance onlyes wird nur geduldet, dass er hier schläft

sufferance

[ˈsʌfrns] n he was only there on sufferancelì era più che altro sopportato
References in classic literature ?
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
All the departments were full but the one I would have nothing to do with, and after a few weeks of sufferance and suffering I turned my back on a thousand dollars a year, and for the second time returned to the printing-office.
The butler remained on sufferance because of his grey hairs, but the footmen, who had been rather a feature of the Anselman establishment, had departed, and their places had been filled by half a dozen of the smartest of parlourmaids, one or two of whom were still in evidence.
Him followed his next Mate, Both glorying to have scap't the STYGIAN flood As Gods, and by their own recover'd strength, Not by the sufferance of supernal Power.
Nor had they yet among the Sons of EVE Got them new Names, till wandring ore the Earth, Through Gods high sufferance for the tryal of man, By falsities and lyes the greatest part Of Mankind they corrupted to forsake God their Creator, and th' invisible Glory of him, that made them, to transform Oft to the Image of a Brute, adorn'd With gay Religions full of Pomp and Gold, And Devils to adore for Deities: Then were they known to men by various Names, And various Idols through the Heathen World.
The therns know that they live at all only by the sufferance of the black men.
But she holds it on sufferance and by a complimentary construction of language which does not refer to her.
It might be, as she had told him, that she chose to work for her living, but he knew as though by inspiration that her people and connections were of that world to which he could never belong, save on sufferance.
It is rather an alteration of perspective, a shifting of our sense of proportion, a vivid realization that we are insignificant and evanescent creatures, existing on sufferance and at the mercy of the first chill wind from the unknown.
It is imperative to urge Russia, China and Iran to consider the sufferance of the Syrian people, a large part of whom refuse Al Assad's bloodthirsty regime," President Marzouki underscored at the opening on Tuesday evening of the 4th OIC Extraordinary Summit held in Makkah.
Maxime Guyon took the wellbacked favourite to the front somewhat on sufferance, leading the seven-runner field at only a moderate pace.
Husb, under sufferance, had come home one night with a bottle of Lucozade and a packet of Ibuprofen.