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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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  • He looked, Rainey thought, like a blind Berserker, restrained only by his affliction.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • Mon Coeur is as pretty as ever; but she is now in affliction.

  • We are companions in affliction since my law case will not be tried.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • To a man who has been accustomed to be busy there is no affliction so intolerable as idleness.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • In the days of ease thereafter, in Valencia when we dwell, The tale of our affliction, we shall have strength to tell.

    The Lay of the Cid R. Selden Rose
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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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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