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[uh-flik-shuh n] /əˈflɪk ʃən/
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
Related forms
afflictionless, adjective
overaffliction, noun
preaffliction, noun
2. mishap, trouble, tribulation, calamity, catastrophe, disaster. 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.
1. relief, comfort, solace. Unabridged
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  • It is set in the middle of the lifeless desert, where many have reputedly been cured of afflictions.
  • They also need to determine which afflictions might be treated with reprogrammed cells.
  • Emotional letdowns, which can cause corresponding physical and mental breakdowns, are common afflictions of big winners.
  • But it didn't do much for patients with more-systemic afflictions, such as schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness.
  • They were rarely given a thorough evaluation for addiction, mental illness, or other typical afflictions.
  • Yet for parents few common afflictions of infancy may be as difficult to endure.
  • But the global economic crisis will test its resilience as much as any of its traditional afflictions.
  • For all but mild afflictions vaccinating large portions of a population is cheaper than letting an illness linger.
  • It will shrink dysfunctional behaviors, criminal behaviors, afflictions and addictions.
  • Leftist will twist every thing to harp on twisted negativity due to their ideological afflictions.
British Dictionary definitions for afflictions


a condition of great distress, pain, or suffering
something responsible for physical or mental suffering, such as a disease, grief, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for afflictions



c.1300, from Old French afliction (11c.), from Latin afflictionem (nominative afflictio), noun of action from past participle stem of affligere (see afflict).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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afflictions in the Bible

common to all (Job 5:7; 14:1; Ps. 34:19); are for the good of men (James 1:2, 3, 12; 2 Cor. 12:7) and the glory of God (2 Cor. 12:7-10; 1 Pet. 4:14), and are to be borne with patience by the Lord's people (Ps. 94:12; Prov. 3:12). They are all directed by God (Lam. 3:33), and will result in the everlasting good of his people (2 Cor. 4:16-18) in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:35-39).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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