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English definition of “affliction”


noun [C or U]     /əˈflɪk.ʃən/ formal
something that makes you suffer: Malnutrition is one of the common afflictions of the poor.Experiencing and suffering
(Definition of affliction noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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