suf·fer / ˈsəfər/ • v. [tr.] 1. experience or be subjected to (something bad or unpleasant): he'd suffered intense pain| [intr.] he'd suffered a great deal since his arrest | [as n.] (suffering) weapons that cause unnecessary suffering. ∎ [intr.] (suffer from) be affected by or subject to (an illness or ailment): his daughter suffered from agoraphobia. ∎ [intr.] become or appear worse in quality: his relationship with Anne did suffer. ∎ [intr.] archaic undergo martyrdom or execution.2. dated tolerate: France will no longer suffer the existing government. ∎ allow (someone) to do something: my conscience would not suffer me to accept any more.PHRASES: not suffer fools gladly be impatient or intolerant toward people one regards as foolish or unintelligent.DERIVATIVES: suf·fer·a·ble / ˈsəf(ə)rəbəl/ adj.suf·fer·er / ˈsəf(ə)rər/ n. (in sense 1).
So sufferance (arch.) suffering, long-suffering; sanction, permission, toleration (now only in phr. on s, and in legal use). XIII. — AN., OF. suffraunce, soffrance (mod. souffrance suffering) :- L. sufferentia.