suffering

noun
ADJECTIVE
enormous, great, immense, intense, massive, real, terrible, unbearable, unimaginable, untold
needless, unnecessary
widespread
endless, prolonged
eternal

eternal suffering in hell

individual, personal
animal, human
emotional, mental, physical

The taunts of her schoolmates caused her intense mental suffering.

… OF SUFFERING
amount, degree, level

The West has contributed to the immense amount of suffering in underdeveloped countries.

VERB + SUFFERING
cause (sb), inflict
increase
prolong
alleviate, ease, minimize, reduce, relieve

These pills should relieve his suffering for a couple of hours.

eliminate, end, stop
endure, experience
see, witness
share, share in

We all share in the suffering of our people.

PHRASES
pain and suffering

His life was one of pain and suffering.


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