suffering


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pain and suffering

A legal term for the physical and emotional trauma endured by the complainant in a case. Primarily heard in US. We are in court today because of the pain and suffering that Mr. Smith's reckless driving has caused my client.
See also: and, pain, suffering

suffer the consequences

To experience negative repercussions for one's actions or words, especially those that one would expect to incur punishment. I told you not to try to sneak in, and now that you've been caught, you're just going to have to suffer the consequences. If we do nothing to curb this pollution, I guarantee we will suffer the consequences in the future.
See also: consequence, suffer

suffer the consequences

to experience the effects of something you have said or done The witness decided to tell the truth and suffer the consequences.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form take the consequences: Sometimes we have to take the consequences for our beliefs.
See also: consequence, suffer
References in classic literature ?
My sufferings, sufferings full of the thought of you, shall be the penance of a heart which will never be healed, which will bleed in solitude.
I experienced a painful commiseration for her unhappy husband (though fully aware that he had brought every particle of his sufferings upon himself, and but too well deserved them all), and a profound sympathy for her own afflictions, and deep anxiety for the consequences of those harassing cares, those dreadful vigils, that incessant and deleterious confinement beside a living corpse - for I was persuaded she had not hinted half the sufferings she had had to endure.
This alone afforded strong presumption that I was already forgotten; yet this was not the worst: it might have been her sense of duty that had kept her silent: she might be only trying to forget; but in addition to this, I had a gloomy conviction that the awful realities she had seen and felt, her reconciliation with the man she had once loved, his dreadful sufferings and death, must eventually efface from her mind all traces of her passing love for me.
I surpassed myself, the suffering one; I carried mine own ashes to the mountain; a brighter flame I contrived for myself.
To me the convalescent would it now be suffering and torment to believe in such phantoms: suffering would it now be to me, and humiliation.
He forgave his wife and pitied her for her sufferings and her remorse.
So she lived in solitude all the daytime, and at night she would have been frightened, had she not been so brave; but every day the crow came and thanked her for her endurance, and assured her that his sufferings were far less than they had been.
It is the call to see and be near, to share in the suffering, aware that it won't destroy you, for you have been claimed by the One who has overcome all suffering by suffering the cross.
Nobody is free from suffering of one kind or another.
1, patients suffering an ST-elevated myocardial infarction were taken to the nearest hospital.
That's how Jesus responded to the most horrendous evil of his suffering and death on the cross.
The costs, both in terms of human suffering and economics, are staggering.
The grant will be used to develop Internet information and outreach strategies specifically designed for veterans suffering from pain.
The one symbol that distills what Christian means is the crucifix, a statue of a corpse on a gibbet, a suffering reserved for runaway slaves.
Miller's book is an extended meditation on the role of suffering as a spiritual teacher.