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Pronunciation:  'sufuruns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations; "all people should practice toleration and live together in peace"
  2. [n]  patient endurance especially of pain or distress

SUFFERANCE is a 10 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: acceptance, toleration
 See Also: endurance, permissiveness, self acceptance, tolerance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Suf"fer*ance\, n. [OE. suffrance, OF. sufrance,
soufrance, F. souffrance, L. sufferentia, from sufferens,
-entis, p. pr. of sufferre. See {Suffer}.]
1. The state of suffering; the bearing of pain; endurance.

         He must not only die the death, But thy unkindness
         shall his death draw out To lingering sufferance.

2. Pain endured; misery; suffering; distress.

         The seeming sufferances that you had borne. --Shak.

3. Loss; damage; injury. [Obs.]

         A grievous . . . sufferance on most part of their
         fleet.                                --Shak.

4. Submission under difficult or oppressive circumstances;
   patience; moderation. --Chaucer.

         But hasty heat tempering with sufferance wise.

5. Negative consent by not forbidding or hindering;
   toleration; permission; allowance; leave. --Shak.

         In their beginning they are weak and wan, But soon,
         through sufferance, grow to fearful end. --Spenser.

         Somewhiles by sufferance, and somewhiles by special
         leave and favor, they erected to themselves
         oratories.                            --Hooker.

6. A permission granted by the customs authorities for the
   shipment of goods. [Eng.]

{Estate of sufferance} (Law), the holding by a tenant who
   came in by a lawful title, but remains, after his right
   has expired, without positive leave of the owner.

{On sufferance}, by mere toleration; as, to remain in a house
   on sufferance.

Syn: Endurance; pain; misery; inconvenience; patience;
     moderation; toleration; permission.