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.
Origin and Etymology of affliction
First Known Use: 14th century
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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