affliction

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noun af·flic·tion \ə-ˈflik-shən\

Definition of affliction

  1. 1 :  a cause of persistent pain or distress a mysterious affliction

  2. 2 :  great suffering felt empathy with their affliction

  3. 3 :  the state of being afflicted by something that causes suffering her affliction with polio

Examples of affliction in a Sentence

  1. She lost her sight and is now learning to live with her affliction.

  2. He died from a mysterious affliction.

Origin and Etymology of affliction

see afflict


First Known Use: 14th century


AFFLICTION Defined for English Language Learners

affliction

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noun af·flic·tion \ə-ˈflik-shən\

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

affliction

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noun af·flic·tion \ə-ˈflik-shən\

Definition of affliction for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of being affected by something that causes pain or unhappiness his affliction with polio

  2. 2 :  something that causes pain or unhappiness Chicken pox is an affliction caused by a virus.



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