Definition of long-suffering in English:



  • Having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people.

    ‘his long-suffering wife’
    • ‘Magda, his long-suffering wife, was the only person who knew his secret, and she is now dead.’
    • ‘No sooner had the ink dried on last week's column, than one of my long-suffering 17 readers was into action.’
    • ‘I remain to be convinced that the end result will justify months of inactivity and inconvenience to long-suffering passengers.’
    • ‘His long-suffering wife, Nora, faces an everyday struggle to find money for food and other essentials.’
    • ‘He will be off work for weeks and his long-suffering wife will once again have to struggle to make ends meet.’
    • ‘Among them were letters from Nelson's long-suffering wife, Fanny.’
    • ‘Try telling that to York City's long-suffering away supporters.’
    • ‘Apparently, he does this to his long-suffering wife all the time.’
    • ‘The play looks at his struggle to develop revolutionary ideas as well as his relationship with long-suffering wife Jane.’
    • ‘Since nobody (to my memory) has ever offered a vote of thanks to these long-suffering partners, I do so now.’
    • ‘You're a long-suffering bunch and we bloggers appreciate your patience.’
    • ‘He asked his long-suffering wife, Constance, to collect a selection of his epigrams and sayings.’
    • ‘If he does get away, put on the deeply hurt yet ultimately forgiving face of a long-suffering mistress.’
    • ‘Then he confronted her and the long-suffering woman laughed.’
    • ‘Having battled so hard to save the club in the last few years, long-suffering fans have a right to be angry about the lack of spirit shown in recent displays.’
    • ‘The long-suffering wife looked up at the magistrate and her reply was terse.’
    • ‘His father was a patient, long-suffering character who was mercilessly hen-pecked.’
    • ‘That he is in his early 40s, and has children and a very long-suffering wife, doesn't bother him enough for him to stop.’
    • ‘George's long-suffering wife cannot bring herself to curb her husband's excesses.’
    • ‘It will cause misery for long-suffering drivers who faced gridlock when the main burst, forcing police to shut the flooded road for hours.’
    patient, forbearing, tolerant, uncomplaining, with the patience of job, stoical, resigned
    easy-going, indulgent, charitable, accommodating, forgiving
    submissive, deferential, acquiescent, meek, docile, compliant, mild
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/ˈlôNG ˈˌsəf(ə)riNG/