Definition of affliction
1 : a cause of persistent pain or distress a mysterious affliction
2 : great suffering felt empathy with their affliction
3 : the state of being afflicted by something that causes suffering her affliction with polio
Examples of affliction in a Sentence
She lost her sight and is now learning to live with her affliction.
He died from a mysterious affliction.
Recent Examples of affliction from the Web
Also, a growing number of scientists believe that understanding rare afflictions such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob might lead to cures for the more common diseases, such as Alzheimer's.
The affliction was formally named in 1984 by Norman E. Rosenthal and colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
New research suggests the spread of blood-sucking kissing bugs that contain parasites that carry Chagas Disease may well help that affliction spread into North America.
Catchings' father says his son suffered from the harmful effects of lead paint, a common affliction among young people in West Baltimore.
Still, Banco Popular suffered from the same affliction that affects many others in the euro area: a mountain of nonperforming assets—36 billion euros, in the Spanish lender’s case.
Perhaps because an old affliction haunts The Cuban: exile politics and divisions.
What’s going Leaving June 30 Affliction (1997) Air Bud (1997)
Uncontrollable video game playing is a 21st century affliction in search of an identity.
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AFFLICTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of affliction for English Language Learners
: something (such as a disease) that causes pain or suffering
: the state of being affected by something that causes suffering
AFFLICTION Defined for Kids
Definition of affliction for Students
1 : the state of being affected by something that causes pain or unhappiness his affliction with polio
2 : something that causes pain or unhappiness Chicken pox is an affliction caused by a virus.
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