- to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievously: to be afflicted with arthritis.
- to overthrow; defeat.
- to humble.
Origin of afflict
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Examples from the Web for afflicting
“This Vanderbilt person is a perfect example,” Beyer says of the “PTSD” afflicting so many in the transgender community.Pressuring Journalists Won’t Protect Transgender People
January 22, 2014
Exit might give them a nice export boost, relieving some of the crippling unemployment currently afflicting Italian workers.Euro Crisis: Reheated
February 27, 2013
This question highlights some of the hypocrisy currently afflicting Republican partisans on the issue of infidelity.Dr. Gingrich, or How the GOP Learned To Stop Worrying and Love an Adulterer
January 22, 2012
And the strokes themselves are extremely rare, afflicting an estimated two people out of every 100,000.A Stroke That Hits Young Women
July 28, 2010
A prominent agent used that telling phrase to describe the problem that was afflicting Cruise.The Resurrection of Tom Cruise
May 1, 2009
Privilege has beheld an afflicting spectacle for many years past.The Education of Henry Adams
You talk of my afflicting the child, and then make a helpless guy like that of her!Eight Cousins
Louisa M. Alcott
It was as amazing as if we had been told that God grieves with us instead of afflicting us, as we held.Friendship Village
The thorn stands rather for something painful and afflicting.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
Oh, no, sleep was not for him; his trouble was too haunting, too afflicting for that.The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- deeply distressing; painful
- (tr) to cause suffering or unhappiness to; distress greatly
Word Origin and History for afflicting
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.