affliction

[uh-flik-shuhn]
noun
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:
1300–50; Middle English affliccioun < Latin afflīctiōn- (stem of afflīctiō). See afflict, -ion

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.
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affliction (əˈflɪkʃən)
 
n
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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affliction
c.1300, from O.Fr. aflicion, from L. afflictionem (nom. afflictio), noun of action from pp. stem of affligere (see afflict).
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is an affliction of the median nerve, which helps to
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