He wanted to give a voice to the voiceless, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
They want to take on authority and comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable and all that hoo-ha.
Tina Brown: So performance anxiety must afflict writers as well as actors.
His wages being allowed for which he served before: he shall not afflict him violently in thy sight.
Anna Belle's forced abstemiousness had ceased to afflict her.
Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens.
Not only does she afflict my children; but my cattle, my gun and myself have been bewitched by her.
But, however brief his annoyance was, it was sufficiently acute to occasion him much pain, and to afflict those who loved him.
What appeared to afflict her most was that she could not articulate with distinctness.
We know that out of it arise diseases, new to us, that afflict and destroy man.
late 14c., "to cast down," from Old French aflicter, from Latin afflictare "to damage, harass, torment," frequentative of affligere (past participle afflictus) "to dash down, overthrow," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fligere (past participle flictus) "to strike," from PIE root *bhlig- "to strike" (cf. Greek phlibein "to press, crush," Czech blizna "scar," Welsh blif "catapult"). Transferred meaning of "trouble, distress," is first recorded 1530s. Related: Afflicted; afflicting.