- 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.
Origin of affliction
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Related Wordsillness, pain, hardship, sickness, scourge, disease, calamity, suffering, misery, woe, torment, disorder, infirmity, crux, misfortune, distress, difficulty, sorrow, ordeal, cross
Examples from the Web for affliction
It was an affliction that he shared with two close friends, humorist Art Buchwald and writer William Styron.Mike Wallace Dead at 93: His Enduring TV Legacy
April 8, 2012
And for some reason they think that because of Affliction [his early Oscar-nominated performance].Nick Nolte on 'Warrior,' Going Indie, and His Oscar Prospects
November 21, 2011
It was simply written: a man with an affliction on half his face who wears a tin mask to cover it.
I thought, if he had an affliction over half his face, maybe he was missing part of his mouth.
Typically, Borges embraced his affliction “as a gift,” which encouraged recollection.The Best of Brit Lit
January 25, 2011
He hastened to remove Alice from the scene of her affliction.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
That may be, in part, natural to it; in part, the result of affliction.A Tale of Two Cities
But there is where affliction overtook me; they debated its authorship.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Mon Coeur is as pretty as ever; but she is now in affliction.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
This is an affliction almost identical in effect to snow-blindness.The Long Labrador Trail
- a condition of great distress, pain, or suffering
- something responsible for physical or mental suffering, such as a disease, grief, etc
Word Origin and History for affliction
c.1300, from Old French afliction (11c.), from Latin afflictionem (nominative afflictio), noun of action from past participle stem of affligere (see afflict).