[ uh-flik-shuhn ]
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  1. a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery: They sympathized with us in our affliction.

  2. a cause of mental or bodily pain, as sickness, loss, calamity, or persecution.

Origin of affliction

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English affliccioun, from Latin afflīctiōn-, stem of afflīctiō; equivalent to afflict + -ion

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2. Affliction, adversity, misfortune, trial refer to an event or circumstance that is hard to bear. A misfortune is any adverse or unfavorable occurrence: He had the misfortune to break his leg. Affliction suggests not only a serious misfortune but the emotional effect of this: Blindness is an affliction. Adversity suggests a calamity or distress: Job remained patient despite all his adversities. Trial emphasizes the testing of one's character in undergoing misfortunes, trouble, etc.: His son's conduct was a great trial to him.

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Other words from affliction

  • af·flic·tion·less, adjective
  • o·ver·af·flic·tion, noun
  • pre·af·flic·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for affliction


/ (əˈflɪkʃən) /

  1. a condition of great distress, pain, or suffering

  2. something responsible for physical or mental suffering, such as a disease, grief, etc

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