verb (used with object)
- to overthrow; defeat.
- to humble.
Origin of afflict
Examples from the Web for afflict
He wanted to give a voice to the voiceless, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.Obama Administration and Sotloff Family Battle Over Blame for Journalist’s Kidnapping|Josh Rogin|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
I cannot see why Heaven ever chose to afflict me so cruelly.They Looked and Loved|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.David|Charles Kingsley
The insanity and disease that afflict many men of genius is well known.Crime: Its Cause and Treatment|Clarence Darrow
Anna Belle's forced abstemiousness had ceased to afflict her.Jewel|Clara Louise Burnham
Nine-tenths of the ills that afflict mankind have their origin in a foul digestive apparatus and a consequently poisoned body.Intestinal Ills|Alcinous Burton Jamison