AskDefine | Define affliction

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. a state of pain, suffering, distress or agony
  2. the cause of such a state


a state of pain, suffering, distress or agony
the cause of such a state

Extensive Definition

An affliction is something which causes someone physical, mental, or emotional suffering.
Affliction is a title of several works of fiction:
  • Afflicted, a Swedish death metal band.
  • Affliction (band), a British alternative rock band.
  • the affliction(band), a band from katy texas. very few shows even fewer recordings. former screamer now a singer/guitarist for always/never.(
MMORPG World Of Warcraft
  • Affliction being a talent tree of the Warlock class of character in the widely popular MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing game) World Of Warcraft. Affliction warlocks rely heavily on spells known as DoT's (Damage over Time) spells.
MMORPG Guild Wars
  • Commonly referred to as "The Plague" as it sweeps across the continent of Cantha in the Factions campaign. It is used by the main antagonist, Shiro, as a tool to build an afflicted army.
  • Affliction Magazine, a publication dedicated to Mixed Martial Arts.
affliction in French: Affliction

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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