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Definitions of afflict

  1. To inflict some great injury or hurt upon, causing continued pain or mental distress; to trouble grievously; to torment. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To make low or humble. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To cause prolonged pain to body or mind; to distress. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To give pain, disease, or trouble. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To oppress; trouble; grieve; distress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. cause great unhappiness for; distress; "she was afflicted by the death of her parents" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. cause pain or suffering in; "afflict with the plague"; "That debasement of the verbal currency that afflicts terms used in advertisement" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. Afflicted, beaten down. (Obs.). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To visit with sore pain, grief, or distress. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To distress in some way; to give pain to, either in body or mind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Afflicted. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for afflict

  1. This semi- transparency of the skin is characteristic of the Martians, and evidences a life that is free from the many bodily ailments that afflict humanity on our Earth. – The Planet Mars and its Inhabitants A Psychic Revelation by Eros Urides and J. L. Kennon
  2. " Do not afflict yourself with this painful memory," she said gently. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss