af·​flict·​ed | \ ə-ˈflik-təd How to pronounce afflicted (audio) \

Definition of afflicted

: grievously affected or troubled (as by a disease) : mentally or physically impaired … a pet spaniel, so thin as to appear afflicted— Osbert Sitwell Paul fell sick and must keep his bed; drink was the root of his malady, in my poor thought; but he was tended, and indeed carried himself, like an afflicted saint.— Robert Louis Stevenson providing comfort to the afflicted [=people who are ill, suffering, etc.]

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Recent Examples on the Web Some of the bikers pouring into the area are coming from distant states far more afflicted. CBS News, "84 arrests, 226 citations and 18 crashes reported in 24 hours at massive motorcycle rally in South Dakota," 10 Aug. 2020 Kroger officials said McMullen had planned to remove his mask for the event, which was not attended by Pence's afflicted press secretary Katie Miller who stayed in Washington. Alexander Coolidge,, "Kroger CEO shed mask during VP Mike Pence event," 11 May 2020 Symptoms of the illness are similar to pneumonia, although videos have been posted that purportedly show afflicted people collapsing on the street, bleeding from their mouths, and being treated by doctors wearing hazmat suits. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "US to evacuate citizens in Chinese city at center of coronavirus outbreak," 25 Jan. 2020 Mealy bugs can be a real problem, not just for the afflicted plant but for neighboring, healthy houseplants. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "The sultry plant that will break your heart," 13 Aug. 2019 Making a compelling financial case to fight climate change and to help the most afflicted demands a rigorous accounting of its effects. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report," 9 Oct. 2018 And that’s not the only heartening news for the afflicted transit agency: This week, Metro officials got word that the agency saw fewer incidents of crime in 2017 than in any year since 2005. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro achieves safety milestone after deadly 2009 Red Line crash, logs lowest crime since 2005," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of afflicted

1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afflicted

from past participle of afflict

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“Afflicted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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