What does affliction mean?

Definitions for affliction
əˈflɪk ʃənaf·flic·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afflictionnoun

    a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity

  2. afflictionnoun

    a condition of suffering or distress due to ill health

  3. afflictionnoun

    a cause of great suffering and distress


  1. afflictionnoun

    a state of pain, suffering, distress or agony

  2. afflictionnoun

    the cause of such a state

  3. Etymology: From afliction, from afflictio, from affligere. See afflict.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Afflictionnoun

    Etymology: afflictio, Lat.

    To the flesh, as the Apostle himself granteth, all affliction is naturally grievous: therefore nature, which causeth fear, teacheth to pray against all adversity. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 48.

    We’ll bring you to Windsor, to one Mr. Brook, that you have cozened of money; I think, to repay that money will be a biting affliction. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Besides you know,
    Prosperity’s the very bond of love,
    Whose fresh complexion, and whose heart together
    Affliction alters. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Where shall we find the man that bears affliction,
    Great and majestic in his griefs, like Cato? Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Some virtues are only seen in affliction, and some in prosperity. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 257.


  1. affliction

    Affliction is a state of pain, distress, suffering or hardship that someone or something is experiencing. This can involve physical or mental discomfort or trouble, often due to an illness, a certain condition, or an adverse circumstance. The term can also refer to the cause of such pain or suffering.

  2. affliction

    Affliction is a condition of pain, suffering, distress, or hardship that significantly affects an individual's life. This could be due to a physical illness, emotional turmoil, or other challenging situations. It's often used in a context where the suffering is severe, long-term, or deeply impactful to the person's life.

  3. affliction

    Affliction is a state of pain, suffering, distress, or hardship often caused by a physical or mental condition. It can also refer to an event or circumstance causing such suffering or hardship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afflictionnoun

    the cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, etc.; an instance of grievous distress; a pain or grief

  2. Afflictionnoun

    the state of being afflicted; a state of pain, distress, or grief


  1. Affliction

    Affliction is an American drama film produced in 1997, written and directed by Paul Schrader from the novel by Russell Banks. It stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn and Willem Dafoe. Affliction tells the story of Wade Whitehouse, a small-town policeman in New Hampshire. Detached from the people around him, including a dominating father and a divorced wife, he becomes obsessed with the solving of a fatal hunting accident, leading to a series of tragic events.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affliction in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affliction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of affliction in a Sentence

  1. John Bunyan:

    Nothing can render affliction so insupportable as the load of sin. Would you then be fitted for afflictions? Be sure to get the burden of your sins laid aside, and then what affliction soever you may meet with will be very easy to you.

  2. Justice Antonin Scalia:

    Sometimes people come up to me and inquire, 'Justice Scalia, when did you first become an originalist?' As though it's some weird affliction, you know, 'When did you start eating human flesh?'.

  3. Alexander Pope:

    Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer.

  4. Abraham Lincoln:

    It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words, 'And this, too, shall pass away.' How much it expresses How chastening in the hour of pride How consoling in the depths of affliction

  5. Keith Ablow:

    If your job is adopting a persona who is not really who are you and maintaining it for many years inside and outside the ring to some extent, one could wonder whether you are also more vulnerable to using substances to try to maintain that identity, this could be an unhealthy alliance of certain psychological factors with the fallout from physical side effects that result when you try to maintain affliction.

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