Suffering

(redirected from unpleasantness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.

Suffering

aloe
symbol of suffering. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 71]
Andersonville
horrible Civil War prison where 12,926 Union soldiers died. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 18]
Bataan
site of U.S.-Filipino army “death march” (1943). [Am. Hist.: EB, I: 867–868]
Black hole of Calcutta
146 Britishers imprisoned in small, stifling room (1756). [Br. Hist.: Harbottle, 45–46]
Chiron
centaur, gave up his immortality in order to end the intolerable suffering accidentally inflicted by one of Heracles’ poisoned arrows. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 194]
Concentration Camps
where millions of Jews were starved, experimented on, and exterminated by Nazis (1939–1945). [Eur. Hist.: Misc.]
Gethsemane garden
east of Jerusalem where Jesus suffered in anguished fatigue. [N.T.: Matthew 26:36; Mark 14:32]
Hiroshima
where the atomic bomb was dropped (August 6, 1945). [Am. Hist.: Fuller, III, 626]
Io
having been changed into a heifer by Zeus, pestered by gadfly sent by Hera. [Gk. Myth.: Espy, 292]
J.B
. Job’s trials in modern setting and idiom. [Am. Lit.: J.B.]
Job
beset with calamities. [O.T.: Job 1:13–22; 2:6–10]
Mauperin, Renée
undergoes lingering and anguished death from guilt. [Fr. Lit.: Renée Mauperin]
Orestes
persecuted and tormented by Furies. [Gk. Myth.: Wheeler, 271; Gk. Lit.: The Eumenides]
Philoctetes
Greek hero, bitten by a serpent, suffers agonies for ten years. [Gk. Drama: Sophocles Philoctetes in Magill III, 741]
prisoner of Chillon
chained for years in a damp, dark dungeon with his brothers, watches them die. [Br. Lit.: Byron The Prisoner of Chillon in Benét, 817]
Prometheus
chained to rock while vulture fed on his liver. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 221]
Raft of the Medusa, The
realistically portrays anguished ship’s crew. [Fr. Art: Daniel, 166]
Smith, Winston
beaten and tortured with rats for conspiring against the totalitarian regime. [Br. Lit.: George Orwell 1984]
Tantalus
condemned to Tartarus with food and water always just out of reach; hence, tantalize. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 253]
Valley Forge
winter quarters of Washington’s underfed, under-clothed Continental army (1778). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 519]
References in periodicals archive ?
Since Sir James is only a minor character in The Unpleasantness, presumably these two allusions are meant to suggest something about him outside of his science, making him slightly more rounded as a personality.
After the procedure patients were kept in the bronchoscopy department for two hours at the end of which they were asked to document their experience on an unpleasantness scale as either unpleasant or very unpleasant with each of the two categories marked in different color of green and red and graded from 1 to 20 (Figure-1).
At the same time, we expect to find differences between those two groups in the unpleasantness thresholds.
Tory MP Patrick Mercer, a one-time infantry officer and former chairman of the Parliamentary Counter Terrorism Sub-Committee, said: "All sorts of unpleasantness has been coming out of the Yemen for years.
I know that Bose is having to cut back during the recent economic unpleasantness, but this policy stands in sharp contrast to David Clark, which not only repaired a broken part for free, but paid for the shipping.
The recent unpleasantness between tenant and landlord was not the result of this deal, but rather Cilione's alleged attempt to box out Satsky and Gefter in exchange for a more lucrative deal, before the Lily Pond operators' lease was up.
Also as an animal rights campaigner and vegetarian I am glad that the unpleasantness of a slaughterhouse will not exist in the locality and that lorries carrying the poor animals will not be seen in and around Rugby.
I was aghast to read of the unpleasantness that she received following the Grand National and can only assure her that for every vicious busybody who wastes good ink and paper in causing hurt, there are scores more like me who enjoy and appreciate her excellent presenting on television and radio and who sincerely wish her all the best.
That's coupled with some honkytank piano unpleasantness that makes Pink Floyd's experimental 1971 double album Fingernails Down A Blackboard For Eight Hours Non-Stop seem like a masterpiece.
By the time you read this, she will have recognized her own political incorrectness and changed the verbiage to "person-caused disasters," or maybe "person-caused occasions of unpleasantness.
Ruth poignantly discusses how she has used art to heal herself from the unpleasantness of a life growing up under Hitler in Germany, a failed marriage and a sickly childhood.
3 : to refrain from doing something especially because of difficulty or unpleasantness <He did not shrink from telling the truth.