afflicted

adjective
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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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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