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Word: affliction

Definition: state of distress; trial; cause of distress or suffering; V. afflict: inflict grievous suffering on

Sentences Containing 'affliction'

'How can you bear to trample on his undeserved affliction!'
Affliction is a sort of suffering "plus", which transcends both body and mind; such physical and mental anguish scourges the very soul.
Affliction was associated both with necessity and with chance—it was fraught with necessity because it was hard-wired into existence itself, and thus imposed itself upon the sufferer with the full force of the inescapable, but it was also subject to chance inasmuch as chance, too, is an inescapable part of the nature of existence.
After meeting Dana, a beautiful young woman who shares his "sight", Jeffery finds comfort in knowing someone shares his affliction.
Also, patients report substantial, even severe and recurrent itching of large skin areas, the source of much affliction as the condition worsens.
And did nature then either of herself thus project and purpose the affliction and misery of her parts, and therefore of purpose so made them, not only that haply they might, but of necessity that they should fall into evil; or did not she know what she did, when she made them?
He got up as well as he was able and reached the house of his friend, who as yet knew nothing of his misfortune, but seeing him come pale, worn, and haggard, perceived that he was suffering some heavy affliction.
He served in the artillery during the Second World War, and after the war the demands of his business and the affliction of an injured back prevented his return to cricket.
His lifetime affliction with rheumatic fever began during his military service during the First World War.
However, it has been pointed out that this analysis falls apart when it comes to the creation of the world, for Weil does not regard the world as a debased creation of a demiurge, but as a direct expression of God's love—despite the fact that she "also" recognizes it as a place of evil, affliction, and the brutal mixture of chance and necessity.
I am sensible of having felt that a dignity attached to me among the rest of the boys, and that I was important in my affliction.
I look up at the monumental tablets on the wall, and try to think of Mr. Bodgers late of this parish, and what the feelings of Mrs. Bodgers must have been, when affliction sore, long time Mr. Bodgers bore, and physicians were in vain.
If the events I go on to relate, had not thickened around me, in the beginning to confuse, and in the end to augment, my affliction, it is possible (though I think not probable), that I might have fallen at once into this condition.
If thy beauty despises me, if thy worth is not for me, if thy scorn is my affliction, though I be sufficiently long-suffering, hardly shall I endure this anxiety, which, besides being oppressive, is protracted.
In short I left her, when I went away at night, the prop and staff of Mr. Peggotty's affliction; and I could not meditate enough upon the lesson that I read in Mrs. Gummidge, and the new experience she unfolded to me.
In the midst of her despair, a new affliction overtook her.
In the monotony of my life, and in my constant apprehension of the re-opening of the school, it was such an insupportable affliction!
John Lovell, who gave his funeral eulogy, said that Faneuil "fed the hungry and he cloathed the naked, he comforted the fatherless, and the widows in their affliction."
Like "affliction", "han" is more destructive to the whole person than ordinary suffering.
Mohammad suffered from an eye affliction that rendered him nearly blind, and so in accordance with Persian Royal culture could not contend for the throne.
More specifically, affliction drives us to what Weil referred to as "decreation"—which is not death, but rather closer to "extinction", similar to Nirvana in the Buddhist tradition—the willed dissolution of the subjective ego in attaining realization of the true nature of the universe.
Mr. Peggotty was so far sensible of HIS affliction, that he wrung his hand; but, otherwise, he remained in the same state, and no one dared to disturb him.
My poor little wife was in such affliction when she thought I should be annoyed, and in such a state of joy when she found I was not, that the discomfiture I had subdued, very soon vanished, and we passed a happy evening; Dora sitting with her arm on my chair while Traddles and I discussed a glass of wine, and taking every opportunity of whispering in my ear that it was so good of me not to be a cruel, cross old boy.
Now tell me, so may God deliver you from this affliction, and so may you find yourself when you least expect it in the arms of my lady Dulcinea-" "Leave off conjuring me," said Don Quixote, "and ask what thou wouldst know; I have already told thee I will answer with all possible precision."
Only some souls are capable of truly experiencing affliction; these are precisely those souls which are least deserving of it—that are most prone or open to spiritual realization.
Private affliction also is the lot of every man; but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have been enough to shake my very soul.
Red Bee is cured of her affliction by Langford Terrill, who had gained the powers of Neon the Unknown.
She is recorded as having told a niece to break off an engagement with a young man, at whatever cost to herself, on the basis of his lacking good character, and as telling a sister-in-law that "the lessons affliction is sent to teach us is to be more sympathetic and forgiving to others.
She knew (she said) how such a nature as mine would turn affliction to good.
Syriac Christianity interprets the Greek version as Cain experiencing a real physical affliction that when witnessed by others, they would know who he is.
That honest creature was in deep affliction, I remember, and must have become quite buttonless on the occasion; for a little volley of those explosives went off, when, after having made it up with my mother, she kneeled down by the elbow-chair, and made it up with me.
That may be, in part, natural to it; in part, the result of affliction.
The Alms-Houses were built in 1841, for the maintenance of two poor women in declining years, end erected by tenants and neighbours in memory of Edward Cludde, "in testimony of their respect for a man who was an eminent example of pure and undefiled religion, visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping himself unspotted from the world."
The Doctor knew, that up to that time, his imprisonment had been associated in the minds of his daughter and his friend, with his personal affliction, deprivation, and weakness.
The element of chance was essential to the unjust character of affliction; in other words, my affliction should not usually—let alone always—follow from my sin, as per traditional Christian theodicy, but should be visited upon me for no special reason.
The illness Dudley suffered prior to his death is also depicted from fairly early on, though Elizabeth remains ignorant of his affliction.
The impending shadow of a great affliction, and a great disgrace that had no distinct form in it yet, fell like a stain upon the quiet place where I had worked and played as a boy, and did it a cruel wrong.
War and oppression were the most intense cases of affliction within her reach; to experience it, she turned to the life of a factory worker, while to understand it she turned to Homer's "Iliad".
Weil believed that evil, and its consequence, affliction, served the role of driving us out of ourselves and towards God—"The extreme affliction which overtakes human beings does not create human misery, it merely reveals it."
Weil's concept of affliction ("malheur") goes beyond simple suffering, though it certainly includes it.
Where affliction conquers us with brute force, beauty sneaks in and topples the empire of the self from within.
You've been visited with affliction, and I hope it may do you good; but you'd better have come here.
``And God has poured balm into your wounds, as he does into those of all who are in affliction?''
``Still, baron,''said Monte Cristo,``family griefs, or indeed any other affliction which would crush a man whose child was his only treasure, are endurable to a millionaire.
``The occupation resumed under the influence of this passing affliction so happily recovered from,''said Mr. Lorry, clearing his throat,``we will call Blacksmith's work, Blacksmith's work.

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