Someone who is long-suffering patiently bears much trouble or unhappiness, especially when it is caused by someone else.

He went back to Yorkshire to join his loyal, long-suffering wife.

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  • Long-suffering — Long suf fer*ing, n. disposed to bear inconvenience or injury patiently; long patience of offense; as, a long suffering and uncomplaining wife. Syn: enduring, forbearing, longanimous, meek. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] Despisest thou the riches… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Long-suffering — Long suf fer*ing, n. Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; patient endurance of pain or unhappiness; patient; not easily provoked. Syn: long sufferance. [1913 Webster] The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • long-suffering — adjective patient, despite having problems or being badly treated over a long period of time: his long suffering wife …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • long-suffering — also longsuffering, 1520s (n.), 1530s (adj.), from LONG (Cf. long) (adj.) + suffering (see SUFFER (Cf. suffer)). Old English had langmodig in this sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • long-suffering — adj [usually before noun] patient in spite of problems or other people s annoying behaviour ▪ his long suffering wife …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • long-suffering — long sufferingly, adv. /lawng suf euhr ing, suf ring, long /, adj. 1. enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently. n. 2. long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation: years of long suffering and illness. [1520 30] …   Universalium

  • long-suffering — [lôŋ′suf′ər iŋ] adj. bearing injuries, insults, trouble, etc. patiently for a long time n. long and patient endurance of injuries, insults, trouble, etc.: also Archaic long sufferance long sufferingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • long-suffering — index lenient, patient, resigned, stoical Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • long-suffering — *patience, resignation, forbearance Analogous words: submissiveness, subduedness (see corresponding adjectives at TAME): meekness, humbleness or humility, lowliness (see corresponding adjectives at HUMBLE): *fortitude, grit: endurance, toleration …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • long-suffering — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ bearing problems or provocation with patience …   English terms dictionary

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