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affliction

[uh-flik-shuh n] /əˈflɪk ʃən/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English affliccioun < Latin afflīctiōn- (stem of afflīctiō). See afflict, -ion
Related forms
afflictionless, adjective
overaffliction, noun
preaffliction, noun
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. relief, comfort, solace.
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British Dictionary definitions for over-affliction

affliction

/əˈflɪkʃən/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for over-affliction
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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