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Meaning of affliction

af•flic•tion

Pronunciation: (u-flik'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery: They sympathized with us in our affliction.
  2. a cause of mental or bodily pain, as sickness, loss, calamity, or persecution.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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