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
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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.
He sleeps,'' she said; ``nature exhausted by sufferance and the waste of spirits, his wearied frame embraces the first moment of temporary relaxation to sink into slumber.
Is the maiden modesty of a born lady to be disbelieved on the word of a common boy that only walks the earth by the sufferance of the landlords and moneylords he helps to feed?
Viewing their religious liberties here, as held only by sufferance, yet bound to them by all the ties of conviction, and by all their sufferings for them, could they forbear to look upon every dissenter among themselves with a jealous eye?
He was enchained by certain superstitious impressions in regard to the dwelling which he tenanted, and whence, for many years, he had never ventured forth--in regard to an influence whose supposititious force was conveyed in terms too shadowy here to be re-stated--an influence which some peculiarities in the mere form and substance of his family mansion, had, by dint of long sufferance, he said, obtained over his spirit--an effect which the physique of the grey walls and turrets, and of the dim tarn into which they all looked down, had, at length, brought about upon the morale of his existence.
You are included in the conscription, Fernand, and are only at liberty on sufferance, liable at any moment to be called upon to take up arms.
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.
Italy and London are the only places where I don't feel to exist on sufferance.
But I would not have my Esther's bright example lost; I would not have a jot of my dear girl's virtues unobserved and unhonoured; I would not have her admitted on sufferance into the line of Morgan ap-Kerrig, no, not for the weight in gold of all the mountains in Wales
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.
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.