What does the word affliction mean?

Usage examples for affliction

  1. Remorse mingled in the old man's cup of affliction, and while the hot tears rolled down his cheeks he exclaimed, " If she could only come back and I could do it over, I'd love her more, and maybe she'd be better. – Tempest and Sunshine by Mary J. Holmes
  2. Edward has been as a son to me in my affliction, and I like to think that in you he possesses the greatest blessing that my grateful tenderness could desire for him. – Ellen Middleton--A Tale by Georgiana Fullerton
  3. Touch'd at the song, Ulysses straight resign'd To soft affliction all his manly mind. – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope