affliction

noun af·flic·tion \ ə-ˈflik-shən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

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

  2. He died from a mysterious affliction.

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Origin and Etymology of affliction

Middle English affliccioun "misery, distress, self-inflicted pain," borrowed from Anglo-French afflicion, borrowed from Late Latin afflīctiōn-, afflīctiō, from Latin afflīgere "to afflict" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns


AFFLICTION Defined for English Language Learners

affliction

noun

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

noun af·flic·tion \ ə-ˈflik-shən \

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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