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affliction (noun) pain, suffering, misery, or the cause of all these.
A severe disease a person suffers from is an affliction. Affliction can be physical or mental. A serious financial hardship causing worry is also an affliction. The violence and bloodshed troubling a nation can be an affliction. An earthquake or a tidal wave can cause great affliction to the victims. When a person experiences an affliction, they suffer a lot. AIDS, for example, is an affliction claiming a number of lives all over the world.
- Our goal should be to free the world from afflictions like poverty, ignorance, and diseases like AIDS.
- Even the best doctors are unable to cure him of his disease. His affliction seems to have no end.