What does affliction mean?

Definitions for afflictionəˈflɪk ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affliction(noun)

    a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity

  2. affliction(noun)

    a condition of suffering or distress due to ill health

  3. affliction(noun)

    a cause of great suffering and distress


  1. affliction(Noun)

    a state of pain, suffering, distress or agony

  2. affliction(Noun)

    the cause of such a state

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affliction(noun)

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

  2. Affliction(noun)

    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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Donne:

    Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.

  2. Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

    The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.

  3. Robert Southey:

    Affliction is not sent in vain, young man, from that good God, who chastens whom he loves.

  4. Rosilind Russell:

    When something (an affliction) happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.

  5. Simone Weil:

    Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.

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