Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who suffers; a person who endures or undergoes pain, either of body or of mind; one sustaining evil of any kind.
  • noun One who permits or allows.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who suffers; one who endures or undergoes suffering; one who sustains inconvenience or loss
  • noun One who permits or allows.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who suffers.
  • noun One who is afflicted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one who suffers for the sake of principle
  • noun a person suffering from an illness

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to suffer + -er

Examples

  • [1] Annotated in another hand: 'A sufferer from a destructive

    Letter 215

  • Dick would be summoned to the lab: an elderly person had stopped breathing in his sleep, or a newborn had died, presumably from SIDS; a long-term sufferer of disease had finally succumbed to disease, or some genetic abnormality had stolen another life.

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • Dick would be summoned to the lab: an elderly person had stopped breathing in his sleep, or a newborn had died, presumably from SIDS; a long-term sufferer of disease had finally succumbed to disease, or some genetic abnormality had stolen another life.

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • As a result, besides having to deal with the pain, the chronic pain sufferer also suffers from constantly being

    A Talk with Paula Kamen, author of All in My Head

  • Just recently Sandra at Bookworld (otherwise a nice, thoughful litblog) opined that she had contracted "Bloom Syndrome," a "condition in which the sufferer is unable to read any work of literature unless it is deemed Significant by Harold Bloom and which often results in the reader losing the will to live/read, crushed under the weight of canonical imperatives."

    Principles of Literary Criticism

  • One adult, an asthma sufferer, is causing some concern.

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  • Dick would be summoned to the lab: an elderly person had stopped breathing in his sleep, or a newborn had died, presumably from SIDS; a long-term sufferer of disease had finally succumbed to disease, or some genetic abnormality had stolen another life.

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • Maybe trying to understand the sufferer is trying to understand Don.

    MOVIE REVIEW: Light and the Sufferer

  • Maybe trying to understand the sufferer is trying to understand Don.

    MOVIE REVIEW: Light and the Sufferer

  • Another sufferer is "desahuiciado with lamparones y empeines," severe skin afflictions, but he, too, is cured after the holy soil is rubbed on him, as is another man who is suffering from "one hundred and ten sores."

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

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