affliction-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: state of suffering, hardship

Commentary: AFFLICTION[+state][+suffering][+hardship]
NOTE: refers to the state experienced by a subject, -not- the cause of the hardship (Sense 3)
NOTE: often in phrases 'X's affliction' 'X BE in affliction'

We saw so many poor people there in great affliction.
He soothed his emotional afflictions through drinking.
Sally realized her afflictions with her job were small compared to Betty's situation.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: uncomfortable medical malady

Commentary: AFFLICTION[+state][+physiological][+condition][+abnormal][+uncomfortable]

He developed a crippling affliction of the nervous system
The hypochondriac described many imagined afflictions to the doctor.
Exercise reduced her affliction of chronic pain in the lower back.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a cause of suffering or hardship

Commentary: AFFLICTION[+cause][+suffering]
NOTE: refers to the cause, not the resulting state of hardship (Sense 1)
NOTE: occurs in phrases 'X BE affliction' , 'the affliction of Y'

The tsunami was a great affliction for the island community.
He overcame the afflictions of poverty and prejudice.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: adverse astrological relation between celestial bodies

Commentary: AFFLICTION[+state][+astrological][+discordant]
NOTE: rare usage - nominalization of astrological sense of verb 'afflict'

The astrologer described the affliction of Jupiter by Mars in opposition.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b

Sense Number 5: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)