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 for Affliction
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Affliction \Af*flic"tion\, n. [F. affliction, L. afflictio, fr.
     1. The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness,
        losses, etc.; an instance of grievous distress; a pain or
        [1913 Webster]
              To repay that money will be a biting affliction.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The state of being afflicted; a state of pain, distress,
        or grief.
        [1913 Webster]
              Some virtues are seen only in affliction. --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Calamity; sorrow; distress; grief; pain; adversity;
          misery; wretchedness; misfortune; trouble; hardship.
     Usage: Affliction, Sorrow, Grief, Distress.
            Affliction and sorrow are terms of wide and general
            application; grief and distress have reference to
            particular cases. Affliction is the stronger term. The
            suffering lies deeper in the soul, and usually arises
            from some powerful cause, such as the loss of what is
            most dear -- friends, health, etc. We do not speak of
            mere sickness or pain as "an affliction," though one
            who suffers from either is said to be afflicted; but
            deprivations of every kind, such as deafness,
            blindness, loss of limbs, etc., are called
            afflictions, showing that term applies particularly to
            prolonged sources of suffering. Sorrow and grief are
            much alike in meaning, but grief is the stronger term
            of the two, usually denoting poignant mental suffering
            for some definite cause, as, grief for the death of a
            dear friend; sorrow is more reflective, and is tinged
            with regret, as, the misconduct of a child is looked
            upon with sorrow. Grief is often violent and
            demonstrative; sorrow deep and brooding. Distress
            implies extreme suffering, either bodily or mental. In
            its higher stages, it denotes pain of a restless,
            agitating kind, and almost always supposes some
            struggle of mind or body. Affliction is allayed, grief
            subsides, sorrow is soothed, distress is mitigated.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  161 Moby Thesaurus words for "affliction":
     abnormality, acute disease, adverse circumstances, adversity,
     affection, aggravation, ailment, allergic disease, allergy,
     anguish, annoyance, atrophy, bacterial disease, bane, birth defect,
     bitter cup, bitter draft, bitter draught, bitter pill, blight,
     bugbear, bummer, burden, burden of care, calamity, calvary,
     cankerworm of care, cardiovascular disease, care, catastrophe,
     chronic disease, circulatory disease, complaint, complication,
     condition, congenital defect, cross, crown of thorns, crucible,
     crushing burden, curse, death, defect, deficiency disease,
     deformity, degenerative disease, destruction, difficulties,
     difficulty, disability, disaster, disease, disorder, distemper,
     distress, dole, downer, encumbrance, endemic, endemic disease,
     endocrine disease, epidemic disease, evil, functional disease,
     fungus disease, gall, gall and wormwood, gastrointestinal disease,
     genetic disease, grief, grievance, handicap, hard knocks,
     hard life, hard lot, hardcase, hardship, harm, heartache,
     heartbreak, hereditary disease, iatrogenic disease, illness,
     indisposition, infectious disease, infirmity, infliction,
     irritation, load, malady, malaise, mischance, misery, misfortune,
     mishap, morbidity, morbus, muscular disease, nemesis,
     neurological disease, nutritional disease, occupational disease,
     open wound, oppression, ordeal, organic disease, pack of troubles,
     pain, pandemic disease, pathological condition, pathology,
     peck of troubles, pest, pestilence, plague, plant disease, plight,
     predicament, pressure, protozoan disease, psychosomatic disease,
     regret, respiratory disease, rigor, rockiness, rue, running sore,
     scourge, sea of troubles, secondary disease, seediness,
     sickishness, sickness, signs, sorrow, stress, stress of life,
     suffering, symptomatology, symptomology, symptoms, syndrome,
     the pip, thorn, torment, trial, tribulation, trouble, troubles,
     urogenital disease, vale of tears, vexation, vicissitude,
     virus disease, visitation, wasting disease, waters of bitterness,
     weight, woe, worm disease, wretchedness

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  AFFLICTION, n.  An acclimatizing process preparing the soul for
  another and bitter world.

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