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afflict

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verb af·flict \ə-ˈflikt\

Simple Definition of afflict

  • : to cause pain or suffering to (someone or something)

Full Definition of afflict

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete a :  humble b :  overthrow

  3. 2 a :  to distress so severely as to cause persistent suffering or anguish <afflicted with arthritis> b :  trouble, injure

Examples of afflict

  1. The disease afflicts an estimated two million people every year.

  2. <the South was afflicted by a severe drought>



Origin of afflict

Middle English, from Latin afflictus, past participle of affligere to cast down, from ad- + fligere to strike — more at profligate


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of afflict

afflict, try, torment, torture, rack mean to inflict on a person something that is hard to bear. afflict is a general term and applies to the causing of pain or suffering or of acute annoyance, embarrassment, or any distress <ills that afflict the elderly>. try suggests imposing something that strains the powers of endurance or of self-control <children often try their parents' patience>. torment suggests persecution or the repeated inflicting of suffering or annoyance <a horse tormented by flies>. torture adds the implication of causing unbearable pain or suffering <tortured by a sense of guilt>. rack stresses straining or wrenching <a body racked by pain>.

AFFLICT Defined for Kids

afflict

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verb af·flict \ə-ˈflikt\

Definition of afflict

af·flict·edaf·flict·ing

  1. :  to cause pain or unhappiness to <An unusual illness afflicted the young girl.>





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