Suf"fer*ance (?), n. [OE. suffrance, OF. sufrance, soufrance, F. souffrance, L. sufferentia, from sufferens, -entis, p.pr. of sufferre. See Suffer.]
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.
Pain endured; misery; suffering; distress.
The seeming sufferances that you had borne.
Loss; damage; injury.
A grievous . . . sufferance on most part of their fleet.
Submission under difficult or oppressive circumstances; patience; moderation.
But hasty heat tempering with sufferance wise.
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.
Somewhiles by sufferance, and somewhiles by special leave and favor, they erected to themselves oratories.
A permission granted by the customs authorities for the shipment of goods.
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.
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