affliction

[ uh-flik-shuhn ]
/ əˈflɪk ʃən /

noun

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

1300–50; Middle English affliccioun < Latin afflīctiōn- (stem of afflīctiō). See afflict, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM affliction

af·flic·tion·less, adjectiveo·ver·af·flic·tion, nounpre·af·flic·tion, noun

synonym study for affliction

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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British Dictionary definitions for affliction

affliction
/ (əˈflɪkʃən) /

noun

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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