Simple Definition of afflict
: to cause pain or suffering to (someone or something)
Examples of afflict
The disease afflicts an estimated two million people every year.
<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
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