a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery:
They sympathized with us in our affliction.
a cause of mental or bodily pain, as sickness, loss, calamity, or persecution.
His afflictions had gotten so bad that his right foot and leg had developed gangrene.
Can Meditation Cure Disease? Maureen Seaberg December 24, 2010
Their afflictions by day were bad enough; but these were nothing, compared to their nocturnal visitations.
Bentley’s Miscellany, Volume II Various
It is then that tears are dried, and that afflictions and crosses become sweet.
The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
We are also taught to look upon the afflictions of this life as the faithful corrections of a kind and tender Parent.
A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females Harvey Newcomb
Yet, these afflictions were not the worst injuries to mar the girl convict’s life.
Within the Law Marvin Dana
How little one thinks that many trials and afflictions may come upon us any day.
Thoughts on Life and Religion Friedrich Max Mller
We all have our afflictions, and I suppose we ought to bear them with fortitude.
Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884. Various
Even had their zeal been proof to these afflictions, the ministers would have been no match for their astute opponents.
A Half Century of Conflict – Volume I Francis Parkman
There is one source of great comfort in considering these afflictions.
The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
The series of afflictions which God alleviates is resumed in ver.
The Expositor’s Bible: The Psalms, Volume III Alexander Maclaren
a condition of great distress, pain, or suffering
something responsible for physical or mental suffering, such as a disease, grief, etc
c.1300, from Old French afliction (11c.), from Latin afflictionem (nominative afflictio), noun of action from past participle stem of affligere (see afflict).
common to all (Job 5:7; 14:1; Ps. 34:19); are for the good of men (James 1:2, 3, 12; 2 Cor. 12:7) and the glory of God (2 Cor. 12:7-10; 1 Pet. 4:14), and are to be borne with patience by the Lord’s people (Ps. 94:12; Prov. 3:12). They are all directed by God (Lam. 3:33), and will result in the everlasting good of his people (2 Cor. 4:16-18) in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:35-39).
characterized by or causing pain, distress, or grief; distressing. Historical Examples Verily I fear for you, if ye worship any other, the punishment of an afflictive day in this world and in the world to come. Selections From The Kur-an Edward William Lane His death was a terrible calamity, as well as a most afflictive […]
abundance of money, property, and other material goods; riches; wealth. an abundant supply, as of thoughts or words; profusion. a flowing to or toward; afflux. Contemporary Examples Why have we conflated “excellence” with affluence, driven parents, and a relentless will to conform on the part of the kids? The Absurd Lies of College Admissions Megan […]
- Affluence test
noun a check on benefit claimants’ financial resources to ensure that benefits go to those most in need Examples This week Harriet Harman, the social-security secretary, floated the idea of an “affluence test” to stop benefit payments to the better-off. — Economist, Jan. 1988