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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afflictverb

    cause great unhappiness for; distress

    "she was afflicted by the death of her parents"

  2. afflict, smiteverb

    cause physical pain or suffering in

    "afflict with the plague"


  1. afflictverb

    To cause (someone) pain, suffering or distress.

    Etymology: From aflicter, from afflictare, frequentative of affligere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afflictverb

    to strike or cast down; to overthrow

    Etymology: [L. afflictus, p. p.]

  2. Afflictverb

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

    Etymology: [L. afflictus, p. p.]

  3. Afflictverb

    to make low or humble

    Etymology: [L. afflictus, p. p.]

  4. Afflict


    Etymology: [L. afflictus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Afflict

    af-flikt′, v.t. to give continued pain, distress, or grief: to harass, or vex.—pa.p. Afflict′ed, harassed by disease of body or mind: suffering.—adj. Afflict′ing, distressing.—n. Afflic′tion, state or cause of pain or distress: misery: loss of friends, sickness, persecution. &c.—adj. Afflict′ive, causing distress. [L. affligĕre, flictumad, to, fligĕre, to dash to the ground.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of afflict in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of afflict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of afflict in a Sentence

  1. Aneurin Bevan:

    Now, the vicissitudes that afflict the individual have their source in society. It is this situation that has given currency to the phrase social forces. Personal relations have given way to impersonal ones. The Great Society has arrived and the task of our generation is to bring it under control. The study of how it is to be done is the function of politics.

  2. Cardinal Richelieu:

    War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.

  3. John Kenneth Galbraith, Guardian (London, 28 July 1989):

    In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.

  4. Ecclesiastes:

    Give not over thy soul to sorrow and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel. Gladness of heart is the life of man and the joyfulness of man is length of days.

  5. Harold Geneen:

    The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.

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