He wanted to give a voice to the voiceless, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
An entire town, for example, is afflicted with insomnia at one point in the novel.
A futuristic Goth musical, Repo is set in a time when the human race is afflicted by a plague of organ failures.
I know, because I myself am so afflicted, looking for relief of an unbearable urge.
More commonly, afflicted women felt so bad day after day, week after week that death seemed preferable.
They are welcome if they bring us death, that supreme solace of the afflicted.
And she remained all day beside the afflicted, but ever haughty, countess.
After a consultation with Patsy, the doctor undertook to speak seriously to the unreasonably afflicted men.
Not that they are confined to the workers entirely, but because the workers are most afflicted by them.
Probably all of us are afflicted with a natural antipathy to certain kinds of temperament, but at least we need not humour it.
"person or persons in constant suffering of body or mind," 1650s, noun use of past participle adjective from afflict.
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.