a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery: They sympathized with us in our affliction.
a cause of mental or bodily pain, as sickness, loss, calamity, or persecution.
- af·flic·tion·less, adjective
- o·ver·af·flic·tion, noun
- pre·af·flic·tion, noun
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How to use affliction in a sentence
“We always say addiction is an equal opportunity affliction,” Skipper said.
The term Affluenza caused a national gag reflex—and as a doctor I can assure you that, no, Affluenza is not a real affliction.
It took that hideous affliction to remove the even more hideous affliction of destructive and ingrown stories.The Collector: Rebecca Solnit on Textual Pleasure, Punk, and More | Lauren Elkin | July 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not only was TBI an unknown affliction in midcentury America, we pretended that the war was in the distant past.‘Something Happened to My Head. I Couldn’t Get Focused.’ | Dale Maharidge | May 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Casey Schwartz on the science behind the rare affliction—and how it spreads.Necrotizing Fasciitis: How ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ Strike | Casey Schwartz | May 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
For the affliction of the daughter of my people I am afflicted, and made sorrowful, astonishment hath taken hold on me.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
I have borne me up against affliction, till my o'ercharged bosom can contain no longer.The Battle of Hexham; | George Colman
It is an insult to them to leave them to join in pleasure from which their recent affliction excludes them.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
The smoking furnace symbolized the people of Israel who were to be tried in the iron furnace of affliction in Egypt.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
If, after affliction, your friends call before you are able to see them, do not fear to give offence by declining to receive them.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for affliction
a condition of great distress, pain, or suffering
something responsible for physical or mental suffering, such as a disease, grief, etc
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