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An instance of pain or distress.
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  1. An instance of pain or distress.
  2. The condition of someone who suffers; a state of pain or distress.
  3. The bearing or undergoing of pain, distress, or injury
Great care or effort:
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  1. Great care or effort:
  2. Bodily suffering characterized by such feelings:
  3. An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body:
The condition of being in need of immediate assistance:
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  1. The condition of being in need of immediate assistance:
  2. Physical deterioration, as of a highway, caused by hard use over time:
  3. Bodily dysfunction or discomfort caused by disease or injury:
A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need:
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  1. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need:
  2. A person, circumstance, or event that causes annoyance, distress, difficulty, etc.
  3. A condition of pain, disease, or malfunction:
Bad luck; ill fortune; trouble; adversity
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  1. Bad luck; ill fortune; trouble; adversity
  2. An undesirable event such as an accident
  3. The condition resulting from bad fortune or ill luck:
Great affliction, trial, or distress; suffering:
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  1. Great affliction, trial, or distress; suffering:
  2. An experience that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith.
A formal adversarial proceeding to hear evidence and decide legal issues and claims. Trials are covered by established rules of courtroom procedure as well as rules of evidence.
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  1. A formal adversarial proceeding to hear evidence and decide legal issues and claims. Trials are covered by established rules of courtroom procedure as well as rules of evidence.
  2. A difficult or annoying experience
  3. A hardship, suffering, etc. that tries one's endurance
The difficulty or distress resulting to an individual or entity from a court decision, zoning decision, or passage of a law; taken into account as one factor in an equity proceeding. The difficulty or distress resulting to an individual or entity from a court decision, zoning decision, or passage of a law; taken into account as one factor in an equity proceeding.
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  1. The difficulty or distress resulting to an individual or entity from a court decision, zoning decision, or passage of a law; taken into account as one factor in an equity proceeding. The difficulty or distress resulting to an individual or entity from a court decision, zoning decision, or passage of a law; taken into account as one factor in an equity proceeding.
  2. A thing hard to bear; specific cause of discomfort or suffering, as poverty, pain, etc.
  3. The condition of lacking necessities or comforts; privation or suffering.
An instance of misfortune; calamity
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  1. An instance of misfortune; calamity
  2. A state of wretchedness or misfortune; poverty and trouble
  3. A calamitous event.
(Dial.) A pain (in some part of the body)
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  1. (Dial.) A pain (in some part of the body)
  2. The state of suffering and want as a result of physical circumstances or extreme poverty.
  3. A cause of such suffering; pain, sorrow, poverty, squalor, etc.
Any extreme misfortune bringing great loss and sorrow; disaster
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  1. Any extreme misfortune bringing great loss and sorrow; disaster
  2. Deep trouble or misery
  3. An event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; a disaster:
(Narratology) The dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot in a tragedy.
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  1. (Narratology) The dramatic event that initiates the resolution of the plot in a tragedy.
  2. A complete failure; a fiasco:
  3. (Geol.) A sudden, violent change, such as an earthquake
(Obsolete) An evil influence of a star or planet.
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  1. (Obsolete) An evil influence of a star or planet.
  2. Any happening that causes great harm or damage; serious or sudden misfortune; calamity
  3. An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.
Any bodily or mental disorder; illness, esp. a mild, chronic one
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  1. Any bodily or mental disorder; illness, esp. a mild, chronic one
  2. A physical or mental disorder, especially a mild illness.
A moral failing or defect in character:
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  1. A moral failing or defect in character:
  2. Debility caused by ill health or advanced age. Debility caused by ill health or advanced age.
  3. The condition of being infirm, often as associated with old age; weakness or frailty:
Nausea
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  1. Nausea
  2. A malady or disease
  3. The condition of being sick or diseased; illness
An abnormal condition of a part, organ, or system of an organism resulting from various causes, such as infection, inflammation, environmental factors, or genetic defect, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs, symptoms, or both.
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  1. An abnormal condition of a part, organ, or system of an organism resulting from various causes, such as infection, inflammation, environmental factors, or genetic defect, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs, symptoms, or both.
  2. (Obsolete) Lack of ease; trouble.
  3. A particular destructive process in an organ or organism, with a specific cause and characteristic symptoms; specif., an illness; ailment
An ailment that affects the function of mind or body:
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  1. An ailment that affects the function of mind or body:
  2. A lack of order or regular arrangement; confusion.
  3. A condition characterized by lack of normal functioning of physical or mental processes:
Trouble or difficulty, or an instance of this:
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  1. Trouble or difficulty, or an instance of this:
  2. A source or cause of deep mental anguish:
  3. A cause or the subject of such suffering
Sorrow or grief; misery.
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  1. Sorrow or grief; misery.
  2. A cause of sorrow or misery; a misfortune:
  3. A cause of sorrow; affliction; trouble
The outward expression of such suffering; mourning; lamentation
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  1. The outward expression of such suffering; mourning; lamentation
  2. Mental suffering caused by loss, disappointment, or misfortune, or an instance of this:
  3. A source or cause of sorrow; a misfortune:
Watchful oversight; charge or supervision:
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  1. Watchful oversight; charge or supervision:
  2. Interest, regard, or liking:
  3. Attentive assistance or treatment to those in need:
The feeling of not being happy
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  1. The feeling of not being happy
Emotional anguish; sorrow.
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  1. Emotional anguish; sorrow.
  2. Sorrow or grief; mental anguish
  3. Very sincere and difficult emotional problems or stress
(Slang) A dishonest action, fixed contest or match, etc.
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  1. (Slang) A dishonest action, fixed contest or match, etc.
  2. A pass made into the center of the field to a player in position to score, especially in soccer.
  3. A representation or figure of a cross, used as a badge, decoration, etc.; also, such a badge, decoration, etc.
A difficult or painful experience, especially one that severely tests character or endurance.
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  1. A difficult or painful experience, especially one that severely tests character or endurance.
  2. Any difficult, painful, or trying experience; severe trial
  3. A method of trial in which the accused was subjected to pain or danger as a means of invoking God's intercession, with the outcome regarded as revealing a divine determination of guilt or innocence.
(Obs.) An instrument of torture or the torture inflicted
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  1. (Obs.) An instrument of torture or the torture inflicted
  2. Great pain or anguish, physical or mental; suffering; agony
  3. A source of pain, anxiety, or annoyance
Any cause of serious trouble or affliction
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  1. Any cause of serious trouble or affliction
  2. A small whip used to inflict punishment.
  3. A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
A solemn pledge, as of faith.
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  1. A solemn pledge, as of faith.
  2. A condition or state of affairs; esp., now, an awkward, sad, or dangerous situation
  3. A situation, especially a bad or unfortunate one.
A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
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  1. A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
  2. The condition or fact of being difficult
  3. Trouble, distress, etc., or a cause of this
A source of great worry or stress; weight:
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  1. A source of great worry or stress; weight:
  2. The weight of the cargo carried by a vessel at one time.
  3. In property law, anything that encumbers or restrict the use or value of land, such as an easement, restrictive covenant, or zoning ordinance. The burden indefinitely binds the current and all future owners until it is extinguished, so it is the land, and the landowner, that is burdened by the encumbrance or restriction. See estate.
Evil or injury that seems to come in answer to a curse
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  1. Evil or injury that seems to come in answer to a curse
  2. A profane, obscene, or blasphemous oath, imprecation, etc. expressing hatred, anger, vexation, etc.
  3. Any cause of evil or injury
A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation:
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  1. A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation:
  2. (Archaic) Fatal injury or ruin:
  3. A cause of harm, ruin, or death:
A gathering of people in remembrance of a deceased person, especially in the presence of the body at a funeral home.
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  1. A gathering of people in remembrance of a deceased person, especially in the presence of the body at a funeral home.
  2. (Zool.) Migration of animals or birds to a particular place at an unusual time or in unusual numbers
  3. A calamitous event or experience; a grave misfortune:
Alternative spelling of tsuris.
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  1. Alternative spelling of tsuris.
  2. Trouble, distress, woe, misery, etc.
A sudden, strong outburst (of emotion)
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  1. A sudden, strong outburst (of emotion)
  2. A sudden or intense emotion:
  3. The suffering of intense physical or mental pain:
Great suffering, as from worry, grief, or pain; agony
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  1. Great suffering, as from worry, grief, or pain; agony
  2. Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment.
The act of distraining another’s property. See also distrain. The act of distraining another’s property. See also distrain.
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  1. The act of distraining another’s property. See also distrain. The act of distraining another’s property. See also distrain.
  2. The condition of being in need of immediate assistance:
  3. Bodily dysfunction or discomfort caused by disease or injury:
Mental suffering; anguish:
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  1. Mental suffering; anguish:
  2. The act or an instance of hurting; pain, injury, or wound
  3. Something that hurts; a pain, injury, or wound.
A condition of great wretchedness or suffering because of pain, sorrow, poverty, etc.; distress
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  1. A condition of great wretchedness or suffering because of pain, sorrow, poverty, etc.; distress
  2. The state of suffering and want as a result of physical circumstances or extreme poverty.
  3. A cause of such suffering; pain, sorrow, poverty, squalor, etc.
An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body:
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  1. An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body:
  2. (Informal) A source of annoyance; a nuisance:
  3. Bodily suffering characterized by such feelings:
(Obs.) An instrument of torture or the torture inflicted
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  1. (Obs.) An instrument of torture or the torture inflicted
  2. Great pain or anguish, physical or mental; suffering; agony
  3. A source of pain, anxiety, or annoyance
Any method by which such pain is inflicted
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  1. Any method by which such pain is inflicted
  2. Infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion.
  3. A cause of such pain or agony
A cause of sorrow or misery; a misfortune:
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  1. A cause of sorrow or misery; a misfortune:
  2. Sorrow or grief; misery.
  3. A cause of sorrow; affliction; trouble
An injury to a plant caused by cutting, scraping, or other external force
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  1. An injury to a plant caused by cutting, scraping, or other external force
  2. An injury to the body in which the skin or other tissue is broken, cut, pierced, torn, etc.
  3. Any hurt or injury to the feelings, honor, etc.
An upset of normal function; ailment
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  1. An upset of normal function; ailment
  2. An ailment that affects the function of mind or body:
  3. A condition characterized by lack of normal functioning of physical or mental processes:
Poor health resulting from disease of body or mind; sickness.
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  1. Poor health resulting from disease of body or mind; sickness.
  2. A disease.
  3. The condition of being ill, or in poor health; sickness; disease
  1. A bad mood or disposition
  2. A mild illness, the state of being indisposed
  3. A slight illness
Debility caused by ill health or advanced age. Debility caused by ill health or advanced age.
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  1. Debility caused by ill health or advanced age. Debility caused by ill health or advanced age.
  2. A bodily ailment or weakness:
  3. The condition of being infirm, often as associated with old age; weakness or frailty:
Nausea
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  1. Nausea
  2. A malady or disease
  3. The condition of being sick; illness.
(Music) A phrase or theme that recurs at the end of each verse in a folk song or ballad.
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  1. (Music) A phrase or theme that recurs at the end of each verse in a folk song or ballad.
  2. Anything one has to bear or put up with; heavy load, as of work, duty, responsibility, or sorrow
  3. In property law, anything that encumbers or restrict the use or value of land, such as an easement, restrictive covenant, or zoning ordinance. The burden indefinitely binds the current and all future owners until it is extinguished, so it is the land, and the landowner, that is burdened by the encumbrance or restriction. See estate.
A monument in the form of a cross, or with a cross on it, marking a crossroad, boundary, grave, etc.
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  1. A monument in the form of a cross, or with a cross on it, marking a crossroad, boundary, grave, etc.
  2. A trial, affliction, or frustration.
  3. (Christianity) The sign of the cross.
An instance of such testing, especially as part of a series of tests or experiments:
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  1. An instance of such testing, especially as part of a series of tests or experiments:
  2. The act or process of testing, trying, or putting to the proof:
  3. An instance of such a proceeding:
An experience that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith.
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  1. An experience that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith.
  2. Great affliction, trial, or distress; suffering:
(Archaic) Fatal injury or ruin:
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  1. (Archaic) Fatal injury or ruin:
  2. A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation:
  3. A cause of harm, ruin, or death:
Evil or injury that seems to come in answer to a curse
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  1. Evil or injury that seems to come in answer to a curse
  2. A calling on God or the gods to send evil or injury down on some person or thing
  3. A source or cause of evil; a scourge:
That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction:
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  1. That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction:
  2. The quality of being morally bad or wrong; wickedness.
  3. An evil force, power, or personification.
Something that causes suffering; trouble:
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  1. Something that causes suffering; trouble:
  2. Evil or misfortune
  3. Evil, wrongdoing, or harm:
A highly infectious, usually fatal, epidemic disease; a pestilence.
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  1. A highly infectious, usually fatal, epidemic disease; a pestilence.
  2. A highly infectious epidemic disease, especially one with a high rate of fatality; a pestilence.
  3. An often fatal disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, transmitted to humans usually by fleas that have bitten infected rats or other rodents. &diamf3; Bubonic plague , the most common type, is characterized by the tender, swollen lymph nodes called buboes, fever, clotting abnormalities of the blood, and tissue necrosis. An epidemic of bubonic plague in fourteenth-century Europe and Asia was known as the Black Death.
A whip or other instrument for flogging
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  1. A whip or other instrument for flogging
  2. A small whip used to inflict punishment.
  3. A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
A cause of sorrow or misery; a misfortune:
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  1. A cause of sorrow or misery; a misfortune:
  2. Sorrow or grief; misery.
  3. A cause of sorrow; affliction; trouble

Synonym Study

  • Misfortune is applied to a circumstance or event involving adverse fortune or to the suffering or distress occasioned by it
  • Tribulation connotes severe affliction continuing over a long and trying period
  • Trial suggests suffering that tries one's endurance, but in a weaker sense refers to annoyance that tries one's patience
  • Affliction implies pain, suffering, or distress imposed by illness, loss, misfortune, etc.
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