Definitions for: Afflict


[v] cause bodily suffering to
[v] cause pain or suffering in; "afflict with the plague"; "That debasement of the verbal currency that afflicts terms used in advertisement"
[v] cause great unhappiness for; distress; "she was afflicted by the death of her parents"



Webster (1913) Definition: Af*flict", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Afflicted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Afflicting.] [L. afflictus, p. p. of affigere to
cast down, deject; ad + fligere to strike: cf. OF. aflit,
afflict, p. p. Cf. Flagellate.]
1. To strike or cast down; to overthrow. [Obs.]
``Reassembling our afflicted powers.'' --Milton.

2. To inflict some great injury or hurt upon, causing
continued pain or mental distress; to trouble grievously;
to torment.

They did set over them taskmasters to afflict them
with their burdens. --Exod. i. 11.

That which was the worst now least afflicts me.
--Milton.

3. To make low or humble. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error before an
afflicted truth. --Jer. Taylor.

Syn: To trouble; grieve; pain; distress; harass; torment;
wound; hurt.


Af*flict", p. p. & a. [L. afflictus, p. p.]
Afflicted. [Obs.] --Becon.

Synonyms: ail, pain, smite, trouble

See Also: aggrieve, blight, break out, damage, disagree with, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, erupt, grieve, hurt, plague, recrudesce, strain, stress, tribulate, try, untune, upset, visit

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