Definition of afflict
- people afflicted with arthritis
- a region afflicted by hunger and poverty
The disease afflicts an estimated two million people every year.
the South was afflicted by a severe drought
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
aggravate, agitate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, distress, disturb, exasperate, gall, get, grate, gripe, hagride, harass, harry, irk, irritate, molest, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put out, rasp, rile, vex;
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