An affliction makes you suffer, but you have to deal with it anyway. Diseases are often said to be afflictions, but the word can mean just about anything that causes great suffering.

The word afflict, which makes up the first part of the word, means to cause this type of trouble. "Tom liked to inflict pain on his brother. His brother considered Tom just one more affliction he had to bear." The word can also be used as an exaggeration of something that isn't so bad––"Homework is often seen as an affliction by students and parents alike."

Definitions of affliction

n a cause of great suffering and distress

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calvary, martyrdom
any experience that causes intense suffering
trial, tribulation, visitation
an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
curse, torment
a severe affliction
a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
bane, curse, nemesis, scourge
something causing misery or death
a severe trial
anxiety attack
a sudden acute episode of intense anxiety and feelings of panic
a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms
ictus, raptus, seizure
a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease
spot, touch
a slight attack of illness
CVA, apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, stroke
a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
convulsion, fit, paroxysm
a sudden uncontrollable attack
an attack of hysteria
closure or blockage (as of a blood vessel)
heart attack
a sudden severe instance of abnormal heart function
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an event causing distress or pain

n a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity

cross, crown of thorns
any affliction that causes great suffering
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adversity, hard knocks, hardship
a state of misfortune or affliction

n a condition of suffering or distress due to ill health

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deformity, malformation, misshapenness
an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed
Arnold-Chiari deformity
deformity in which part of the brain protrudes through the skull
clawfoot, pes cavus
a deformity of the foot characterized by an abnormally high arch and hyperextension of the toes which gives the foot the appearance of a claw
cleft foot
a deformity in which the space between the third and fourth toes extends up into the foot
clubfoot, talipes
congenital deformity of the foot usually marked by a curled shape or twisted position of the ankle and heel and toes
chicken breast, pigeon breast
abnormal protrusion of the breastbone caused by rickets
congenital malformation of the skull in which the main axis of the skull is oblique
congenital malformation of the skull which is long and narrow; frequently accompanied by mental retardation
a deformity in which there is an abnormal displacement of part of a limb away from the midline of the body
a deformity in which part of a limb is turned inward to an abnormal degree
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health problem, ill health, unhealthiness
a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain

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