American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Patient endurance, especially of pain or distress.
- n. Suffering; misery.
- n. Sanction or permission implied or given by failure to prohibit; tacit consent; tolerance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of suffering; the bearing of pain or other evil; endurance; suffering; misery.
- n. Damage; loss; injury.
- n. Submission under difficult or oppressive circumstances; patient endurance; patience.
- n. Consent by not forbidding or hindering; toleration; allowance; permission; leave.
- n. In customs, a permission granted for the shipment of certain goods.
- n. archaic Endurance, especially patiently, of pain or adversity.
- n. Acquiescence or tacit compliance with some circumstance, behavior, or instruction.
- n. archaic Suffering; pain, misery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of suffering; the bearing of pain; endurance.
- n. Pain endured; misery; suffering; distress.
- n. obsolete Loss; damage; injury.
- n. Submission under difficult or oppressive circumstances; patience; moderation.
- n. Negative consent by not forbidding or hindering; toleration; permission; allowance; leave.
- n. engraving A permission granted by the customs authorities for the shipment of goods.
- n. patient endurance especially of pain or distress
- n. a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations
- From Anglo-Norman suffraunce, from Late Latin sufferentia. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English suffrance, from Old French sufrance, from Latin sufferentia, from sufferēns, sufferent-, present participle of sufferre, to suffer; see suffer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sunday's term was tenancy at sufferance, which is defined as:”
“The leanness that afflicts us, the object of our misery, Is as an inventory to particularise their abundance; Our sufferance is a gain to them.”
“If they would yield us but the superfluity, while it were wholesome, we might guess they relieved us humanely; but they think we are too dear: the leanness that afflicts us, the object of our misery, is as an inventory to particularise their abundance; our sufferance is a gain to them.”
“The sufferance, which is the badge of the Jew, has made him, in these days, the ruler of the rulers of the earth.”
“What authority surfeits on would relieve us: if they would yield us but the superfluity, while it were wholesome, we might guess they relieved us humanely; but they think we are too dear: the leanness that afflicts us, the object of our misery, is as an inventory to particularise their abundance; our sufferance is a gain to them Let us revenge this with our pikes, ere we become rakes: for the gods know I speak this in hunger for bread, not in thirst for revenge.”
“The inhabitants seem insensible to these impressions, and are apt to imagine the disgust that we avow is little better than affectation; but they ought to have some compassion for strangers, who have not been used to this kind of sufferance; and consider, whether it may not be worth while to take some pains to vindicate themselves from the reproach that, on this account, they bear among their neighbours.”
“Confederacy, and he would have been supported by earnest and enduring enthusiasm, instead of by that churlish sufferance which is the result of”
“sufferance' is used in its ordinary modern sense. --/the time's abuse:/the miserable condition of things in the present.”
“The sufferance which is the badge of the Jew has made him in these days the ruler of the rulers of the earth. ”
“Moreover, anyone who has ever worked on an offshore drilling program knows that the operator, in this case BP, sets the tone, and that all of the contractors working on the project are there at the sufferance of the operator.”
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