Share this entry

Share this page

affliction

Syllabification: af·flic·tion
Pronunciation: /əˈflikSH(ə)n
 
/

Definition of affliction in English:

noun

1Something that causes pain or suffering: a crippling affliction of the nervous system
More example sentences
  • He listens to everyone and removes the pains and afflictions of all.
  • It will also cover a number of other afflictions, besides gynaecological problems.
  • Heartburn sounds such an innocuous affliction until you actually experience it but stabbing sharp pains in your chest when ever you bend down or lie down is not very fun.
Synonyms
scourge, plague, trouble
1.1Pain or suffering: poor people in great affliction
More example sentences
  • Many of our sisters and brothers around the world live in sorrow and affliction: in the pain of hunger or the grip of disease, in fear of political reprisals, in poverty so pervasive it saps the spirit.
  • The effects of man's exposition to these laws may vary between pleasure and pain, comfort and affliction, happiness and misery.
  • This is the way mankind will end up, imagines Margaret Atwood: with huge affliction and dismay.
Synonyms
1.2 Astrology An instance of one celestial body afflicting another.
Example sentences
  • Sexual ‘abnormalities’ - including promiscuity - are associated in general with afflictions between Venus, Mars and Saturn.
  • Usually Saturn with Oculus Taurii produces great afflictions, and shows a strange mind.
  • If the horary concerns a 7th house matter, however, the affliction may be describing the situation under consideration, in which case the warning is to proceed with diligence.

Origin

Middle 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 (see afflict).

Definition of affliction in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day gourmand
Pronunciation: ˈɡʊəmənd
noun
a person who enjoys eating…