What is suffering?

  • (noun): A state of acute pain.
    Synonyms: agony, excruciation
    See also — Additional definitions below

Suffering

Suffering, or pain in a broad sense, is an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm or threat of harm in an individual. Suffering is the basic element that makes up the negative valence of affective phenomena.

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Sammaditthi Sutta - Text - Four Noble Truths
... Sariputta describes the Four Noble Truths using traditional canonical phrases suffering (dukkha) is birth, aging, sickness, death.. ... the origin of suffering (dukkhasamudaya) is craving (tanha).. ... the cessation of suffering (dukkhanirodha) is.. ...
Sufferer - Selected Bibliography
... Victims and Values A History and a Theory of Suffering ... The Importance of Suffering the value and meaning of emotional discontent ... Suffering, Politics, Power A Genealogy in Modern Political Theory ...
Mortification In Roman Catholic Teaching - Joy in Suffering
... Saint Paul speaks of joy in suffering in Colossians "I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake" ... a source of joy in overcoming the sense of the uselessness of suffering ... Faith in sharing in the suffering of Christ brings with it the interior certainty that the suffering person "completes what is lacking in Christ's afflictions" the certainty that in the ...
Sufferer
... Suffering, or pain in a broad sense, is an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm or threat of harm in an individual ... Suffering is the basic element that makes up the negative valence of affective phenomena ... Suffering may be qualified as physical or mental ...
Suffering - Uses
... People make use of suffering for specific social or personal purposes in many areas of human life, as can be seen in the following instances ... In arts, literature, or entertainment, people may use suffering for creation, for performance, or for enjoyment ... Entertainment particularly makes use of suffering in blood sports, violence in the media, or violent video games ...

More definitions of "suffering":

  • (adj): Very unhappy; full of misery.
    Example: "A message of hope for suffering humanity"
    Synonyms: miserable, wretched
  • (adj): Troubled by pain or loss.
    Example: "Suffering refugees"
  • (noun): Misery resulting from affliction.
    Synonyms: woe
  • (noun): Feelings of mental or physical pain.
    Synonyms: hurt

Famous quotes containing the word suffering:

    You make yourselves out to be shepherds of the flock and yet you allow your sheep to live in filth and poverty. And if they try and raise their voices against it, you calm them by telling them their suffering is the will of God. Sheep, indeed. Are we sheep to be herded and sheared by a handful of owners? I was taught man was made in the image of God, not a sheep.
    Philip Dunne (1908–1992)

    Slavery is no more sinful, by the Christian code, than it is sinful to wear a whole coat, while another is in tatters, to eat a better meal than a neighbor, or otherwise to enjoy ease and plenty, while our fellow creatures are suffering and in want.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851)

    In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day.
    Albert Camus (1913–1960)