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: 1300–50;Middle Englishaffliccioun < Latinafflīctiōn- (stem of afflīctiō). See afflict, -ion
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.