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souffre-douleur

n.

1845, French, literally "suffer sorrow;" one who is in a subservient position and must listen to or share another's troubles, specifically "a woman who acts as a paid companion to an older woman."

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  • Youre only too willing to offer yourself as a souffre-douleur on all occasions.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick

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