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  • Noun




The affliction of the soldier’s old wound from the war painfully sharpened on stormy days. Not only did the affliction or physical hurt cause him much pain, but he was also tormented by the memories of personal loss that the ache recalled. Such affliction or distress was best lessened by the presence of his supportive family.

Quiz: What is an affliction?

  • A condition of physical or mental distress.
  • Having no memory of something painful from the past.
  • Reading about some very difficult times.

Memory Hook

Flicked Fly Smashed A flicked fly was afflicted by inconsiderate Ed, who then smashed it.


  • Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some. — Jose Marti Jose marti
  • That is not a dismissive term; it merely means that they are shared by so many afflictions that they aren’t helpful in determining what is going on with the patient, and so more in-depth investigation is required. —Wired
  • The painful and sometimes fatal diver’s affliction called 'the bends' is caused by bubbles of nitrogen formed in the blood during a too quick ascent after a deep dive. —TIME
  • Mad, bad and dangerous to know Monetary folly is the latest affliction visited on North Korea’s people by the world’s worst government Register now and receive a 14-day premium pass. —The Economist

Word Ingredients

af- to, towards
flict struck, struck down
-ion act, state, or result of doing something

If one suffers from an affliction, one is “struck down or struck” by physical or emotional pain.

Word Theater

The Elephant Man His afflictions are observed by a group of astounded doctors.

Word Constellation


Word Variants

afflict v to agonize or torment