afflicted

adjective af·flict·ed \ ə-ˈflik-təd \
|Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of afflicted

from past participle of afflict



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