af·​flic·​tive | \ ə-ˈflik-tiv How to pronounce afflictive (audio) \

Definition of afflictive

: causing affliction : distressing, troublesome afflictive emotions

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Other Words from afflictive

afflictively adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for afflictive


aching, achy, hurting, nasty, painful, sore


indolent, painless

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Examples of afflictive in a Sentence

the afflictive disease known as shingles is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox

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Perhaps this afflictive uncertainty can be redefined. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Gabrielle Bellot on Reclaiming Her Womanhood," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of afflictive

1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afflictive

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

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The first known use of afflictive was in 1576

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something desired as essential

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