Simple Definition of afflict
: to cause pain or suffering to (someone or something)
Examples of afflict in a sentence
The disease afflicts an estimated two million people every year.
<the South was afflicted by a severe drought>
Origin and Etymology 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
Rhymes with afflict
addict, conflict, constrict, convict, delict, depict, district, edict, evict, inflict, lipsticked, predict, restrict, unlicked, verdict
AFFLICT Defined for Kids
Definition of afflict for Students
: to cause pain or unhappiness to <An unusual illness afflicted the young girl.>
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