af·​flic·​tive ə-ˈflik-tiv How to pronounce afflictive (audio)
: causing affliction : distressing, troublesome
afflictive emotions
afflictively adverb

Examples of afflictive in a Sentence

the afflictive disease known as shingles is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps this afflictive uncertainty can be redefined. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 26 Apr. 2018

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Word History


borrowed from French afflictif, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin afflīctīvus, from Latin afflīctus (past participle of afflīgere "to afflict") + -īvus -ive

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afflictive was in 1576

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Cite this Entry

“Afflictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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