long-suffering, patient, tolerant, enduring ...c1330 obs.
a person who is patient or long-suffering ...c1374 obs.
from Anglo-Norman suffrant, Old French soffrant , present participle of suffrir , soffrir (to suffer)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
c1330 - see EXAMPLE below
"...And ȝif þe falleþ trauail on honde,
Or pine of bodi, or shame in londe,
Off al þis þu most suffraunt be,
Þouh þe þinke hit greue þe.
Þenk hou Ihesu into erþe cam,
And þolede pine and shame for man,
And foule was þerto misseid,
And many a skorn on him leid..."
From: Speculum Gy de Warewyke (Speculum of Guy of Warwick)