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[uh-flikt] /əˈflɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievously:
to be afflicted with arthritis.
  1. to overthrow; defeat.
  2. to humble.
Origin of afflict
1350-1400; Middle English afflicten < Latin afflīctus distressed, past participle of afflīgere to cast down (af- af- + flīg- knock + -tus past participle suffix); replacing Middle English aflight < Middle French aflit < L. See inflict
Related forms
afflictedness, noun
afflicter, noun
overafflict, verb (used with object)
preafflict, verb (used with object)
self-afflicting, adjective
unafflicted, adjective
unafflictedly, adverb
unafflictedness, noun
unafflicting, adjective
Can be confused
afflict, infect, inflict.
1. vex, harass, torment, plague. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Phyllis had submitted eighteen samples, six of which were controls taken from healthy, unafflicted subjects.

    Mate in Two Moves Winston Marks
  • Inattention of this nature is not the act of a Democrat unafflicted in mind.

  • unafflicted by any such desire, Harky stirred nervously and wondered at himself.

    The Duck-footed Hound James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • When angular and unafflicted in a nativity, she is the promissory pledge of great success in life and continual good fortune.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • This lasted about a fortnight, and made it hard for the unafflicted who had to do double guard duty.

British Dictionary definitions for unafflicted


(transitive) to cause suffering or unhappiness to; distress greatly
Derived Forms
afflictive, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin afflictus, past participle of afflīgere to knock against, from flīgere to knock, to strike
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Word Origin and History for unafflicted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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