Sufferance

Suf"fer*ance

(?), n. [OE. suffrance, OF. sufrance, soufrance, F. souffrance, L. sufferentia, from sufferens, -entis, p. pr. of sufferre. See Suffer.] 1. The state of suffering; the bearing of pain; endurance.
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He must not only die the death,
But thy unkindness shall his death draw out
To lingering sufferance.
Shak.
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2. Pain endured; misery; suffering; distress.
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The seeming sufferances that you had borne.
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3. Loss; damage; injury. [Obs.]
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A grievous . . . sufferance on most part of their fleet.
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4. Submission under difficult or oppressive circumstances; patience; moderation. Chaucer.
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But hasty heat tempering with sufferance wise.
Spenser.
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5. Negative consent by not forbidding or hindering; toleration; permission; allowance; leave. Shak.
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In their beginning they are weak and wan,
But soon, through sufferance, grow to fearful end.
Spenser.
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Somewhiles by sufferance, and somewhiles by special leave and favor, they erected to themselves oratories.
Hooker.
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6. A permission granted by the customs authorities for the shipment of goods. [Eng.]
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Estate of sufferance (Law), the holding by a tenant who came in by a lawful title, but remains, after his right has expired, without positive leave of the owner. Blackstone. -- On sufferance, by mere toleration; as, to remain in a house on sufferance.
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Syn. -- Endurance; pain; misery; inconvenience; patience; moderation; toleration; permission.
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