1. The state of suffering; the bearing of pain; endurance.
He must not only die the death,
But thy unkindness shall his death draw out
To lingering sufferance. --Shak.
2. Pain endured; misery; suffering; distress.
The seeming sufferances that you had borne. --Shak.
3. Loss; damage; injury. [Obs.]
A grievous . . . sufferance on most part of their fleet. --Shak.
4. Submission under difficult or oppressive circumstances; patience; moderation.
But hasty heat tempering with sufferance wise. --Spenser.
5. Negative consent by not forbidding or hindering; toleration; permission; allowance; leave.
In their beginning they are weak and wan,
But soon, through sufferance, grow to fearful end. --Spenser.
Somewhiles by sufferance, and somewhiles by special leave and favor, they erected to themselves oratories. --Hooker.
6. A permission granted by the customs authorities for the shipment of goods. [Eng.]
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.
Syn: -- Endurance; pain; misery; inconvenience; patience; moderation; toleration; permission.
n 1: patient endurance especially of pain or distress
2: a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations;
"all people should practice toleration and live together
in peace" [syn: toleration, acceptance]