Definition of affliction
- a mysterious affliction
- felt empathy with their affliction
- her affliction with polio
She lost her sight and is now learning to live with her affliction.
He died from a mysterious affliction.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
bliss, blissfulness, cheer, cheerfulness, cheeriness, delight, ecstasy, elatedness, elation, euphoria, exhilaration, exuberance, exultation, gladness, gladsomeness, glee, gleefulness, happiness, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, jubilation, pleasure, rapture, rapturousness;
blues, dejection, depression, desolateness, desolation, despair, despondency, disconsolateness, dispiritedness, distress, doldrums, downheartedness, dreariness, dumps, forlornness, gloom, gloominess, glumness, heartsickness, joylessness, melancholy, miserableness, misery, mopes, oppression, sorrowfulness, unhappiness, woefulness, wretchedness;
: something (such as a disease) that causes pain or suffering
: the state of being affected by something that causes suffering
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