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affliction

noun

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1 a state of great suffering of body or mind
  • she listened with deep affliction as her daughter told her about the latest trouble she was in

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3 a source of harm or misfortune
  • alcohol has been his affliction ever since he took his first drink at the age of 12

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4 a source of persistent emotional distress
  • suffered from afflictions that only a professional therapist could deal with

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5 something that causes loss or pain
  • cronyism and corruption are afflictions on the body politic

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“Affliction.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/affliction. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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