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AFFLICTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does affliction mean? 

AFFLICTION (noun)
  The noun AFFLICTION has 3 senses:

1. a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity
2. a condition of suffering or distress due to ill health
3. a cause of great suffering and distress

  Familiarity information: AFFLICTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AFFLICTION (noun)


Sense 1affliction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of great suffering and distress due to adversity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("affliction" is a kind of...):

adversity; hard knocks; hardship (a state of misfortune or affliction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "affliction"):

cross; crown of thorns (any affliction that causes great suffering)


Sense 2affliction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A condition of suffering or distress due to ill health

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("affliction" is a kind of...):

health problem; ill health; unhealthiness (a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "affliction"):

deformity; malformation; misshapenness (an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed)


Sense 3affliction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cause of great suffering and distress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("affliction" is a kind of...):

trouble (an event causing distress or pain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "affliction"):

calvary; martyrdom (any experience that causes intense suffering)

trial; tribulation; visitation (an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event)

curse; torment (a severe affliction)

attack (a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition)

bane; curse; nemesis; scourge (something causes misery or death)


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