Definition of affliction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈflɪkʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈflɪkʃn//
[uncountable, countable] (formal) Being ill
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pain and suffering or something that causes it See related entries: Being ill Word OriginMiddle English (originally in the sense ‘infliction of pain or humiliation’, specifically ‘religious self-mortification’): via Old French from Latin afflictio(n-), from the verb affligere, from ad- ‘to’ + fligere ‘to strike, dash’.Extra examples Deafness is a terrible affliction. He suffered from an affliction of the eyes from an early age. He suffers from an unfortunate affliction. These poor people are in great affliction. We can never know when these afflictions will strike us. He bore his affliction with great dignity. The monks believed that the disease was an affliction sent by God.
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