passive permission resulting from lack of interference; tolerance, especially of something wrong or illegal (usually preceded by on or by).
capacity to endure pain, hardship, etc.; endurance.
Archaic. suffering; misery.
Archaic. patient endurance.
Contemporary Examples

Is Julia Tymoshenko Europe’s Aung San Suu Kyi? Geoffrey Robertson October 22, 2012

Historical Examples

Les Misrables Victor Hugo
The Martins Of Cro’ Martin, Vol. I (of II) Charles James Lever
The Martins Of Cro’ Martin, Vol. II (of II) Charles James Lever
Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
That Stick Charlotte M. Yonge
A History of American Literature Percy H. Boynton
Floyd Grandon’s Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents James D. Richardson

tolerance arising from failure to prohibit; tacit permission
capacity to endure pain, injury, etc
the state or condition of suffering
(archaic) patient endurance
on sufferance, with reluctance


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