• WordNet 3.6
    • n affliction a cause of great suffering and distress
    • n affliction a condition of suffering or distress due to ill health
    • n affliction a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mouth ulcers are the most common human affliction.
    • Affliction The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, etc.; an instance of grievous distress; a pain or grief. "To repay that money will be a biting affliction ."
    • Affliction The state of being afflicted; a state of pain, distress, or grief. "Some virtues are seen only in affliction ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n affliction The state of being afflicted; a state of pain, distress, or grief.
    • n affliction A cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, loss, calamity, adversity, persecution, etc.
    • n affliction Synonyms Affliction, Grief, Sorrow, Sadness, Distress, Misery, Wretchedness, pain. Affliction is acute, continued suffering caused by loss or its consequences. That is an affliction which is a severe deprivation or loss, as of health, limbs, faculties, friends, or the property necessary to one's support; not temporary ailments, nor losses easily borne or repaired. Grief is mental suffering too violent to be long continued, and therefore subsiding into sorrow or sadness; it is always in view of something recently past. Affliction is a personal matter; grief may be over another's woe. Sorrow, though more quiet, may be long continued or permanent (as, a lifelong sorrow), and may be in view of the past, present, or future; it may be active penitence for wrong-doing, as sorrow for sin, or it may be wholly sympathetic. Sadness is a feeling of dejection or inability to be cheerful, the cause being not always a matter of consciousness; it is primarily personal, and is of various degrees of depth and permanence. Distress is extreme adversity, and, subjectively, the corresponding state of mind; it is the agitation appropriate to circumstances well-nigh desperate. It may be wholly sympathetic, as the distress caused by calamity to another, and it may imply a struggle. The first five words may be freely used for either cause or effect; misery and wretchedness denote generally only the effect, that is, the state of feeling. Misery is great and unremitting pain of body or mind, unhappiness that crushes the spirit. Wretchedness is sometimes almost identical with misery, and sometimes goes beyond it, even to abjectness. See calamity.
    • n affliction Trouble, misfortune, disaster, visitation, blow, trial, woe, tribulation. See list under grief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Affliction state or cause of pain or distress: misery: loss of friends, sickness, persecution. &c
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  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction.”
  • Zoroaster
    “Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.”
  • Martin Buber
    Martin Buber
    “We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world, so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Affliction is enamoured of thy parts, and thou art wedded to calamity.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    “Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.”
  • Finley Peter Dunne
    “Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. affliction, L. afflictio, fr. affligere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. affligĕre, flictumad, to, fligĕre, to dash to the ground.


In literature:

This was the student's second heavy affliction.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage
God, in wise providence, and for some wise purpose, has seen fit to lay his afflicting hand upon us.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
He said he should go and see her, and that he could bring her out as the afflicter of her child.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
I am sorry for you, Cousin Ann; we are all sorry for you in your affliction.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
God has been good to me in my affliction, and sent me a blessed comforter.
"Clemence" by Retta Babcock
As to the Cause of Afflictions, 253 4.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
But their afflictions are not known to man.
"The Trials of the Soldier's Wife" by Alex St. Clair Abrams
Satan loveth best to afflict those who can make no defence, and fastens his talons first in the lambs.
"Giles Corey, Yeoman" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
But when they make Him so troubled, it is when He afflicts Himself; and when men afflict Him, He is altogether strong.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
We brood over our affliction to the embittering and souring of our souls.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton

In poetry:

Tell me, tender Youths, who languish
For some Fair Disdainful She,
If you feel the cruel Anguish,
That afflicts and tortures Me.
"Song" by Richardson Pack
A Lump of wo affliction is,
Yet thence I borrow lumps of bliss:
Though few can see a blessing in't,
It is my furnace and my mint.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Meet me where the weary rest,
Where affliction is unknown,
Where the saints of God are bless'd:
Meet me round my Father's throne?
"Lines On The Death Of A Child, J. W., Aged 11 Years." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
So when affliction's waters glide
From the enfranchised soul away;
More peaceful, pure, and sanctified,
The soul emerges into day.
"Ioy after Sorrow" by John Bowring
With Thee
Let me combine,
And feel this day Thy victorie;
For, if I imp my wing on Thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.
"Easter Wings" by George Herbert
You gaze upon me speechless, dumb.
The sorrow that constricts
Your throat no utterance gives, to tell
What 'tis your heart afflicts.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

The first drug to prevent the nausea and vomiting that often afflicts cancer patients more than 24 hours after chemotherapy won approval yesterday from federal health officials.
For some people, facial wrinkles are no great drain on their wellbeing, but others afflicted by this outward sign of aging will go to any lengths to try to recapture the smooth complexions of their youth.
Since the boys of "Gossip Girl" are afflicted with the "Beverly Hills 90210" disease (being substantially older than the ages they play), daily shavings become group efforts.
When it comes to stuttering , Best Picture Oscar winner "The King's Speech" has hit (mostly) just the right note with the community that treats and lives with the affliction.
Amy Sheahan and the afflicted girls.
Tinnitus is often a disorder that could possibly be everything from a gentle nuisance to some devastating affliction to individuals who knowledge it.
While children and younger adults are of course afflicted by certain types of the disease, the vast majority of cases occur in people over 50.
New studies show how prions can cause mad cow disease and other afflictions.
An upset stomach is an affliction that is common in people of all ages and walks of life.
Urinary tract problems are a common affliction among cats.
Large daily doses of vitamin A can slow the slide toward blindness for patients with retinitis pigmentosa and may save years of eyesight for those afflicted with the inherited disease, a new study indicates.
Diet change, plenty of water can remedy a common affliction.
Benicio Del Toro stars as the afflicted Lawrence Talbot.
Alzheimer's disease, the dreaded affliction of old age, might show its first subtle effects when its victims are as young as 20.
Diane Mayfield, 60, left, who is afflicted with glaucoma, and Janet Pekarek, 70, who has macular degeneration, share an iPad during a iPad workshop for legally blind adults at the Braille Institute in Anaheim.