verb (used with object)
- to overthrow; defeat.
- to humble.
Origin of afflict
Examples from the Web for afflicted
They are afflicted with “progressive spiritual emptiness,” he said, which no amount of academic honors and degrees can fill.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ortega has dismissed the allegations of autocracy and fraud that have afflicted his presidency as politically motivated.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pat Roberts is in trouble for the same reasons that have afflicted many other senators.A Loss by Pat Roberts in Kansas? Actually, Not So Bizarre|Jeff Greenfield|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Silva concludes that America is afflicted by the socio-optic condition of “colorblind racism.”
The illustrious guide—the King of the Law—has left us; the whole world is empty and afflicted.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity|Sir Monier Monier-Williams
Do you still visit the poor and the afflicted, as you once did?Twelve Men|Theodore Dreiser
They labor for subsistence; they sleep for refreshment; they laugh with the merry, and weep with the afflicted.
An Old Man, afflicted with a family of contentious Sons, brought in a bundle of sticks and asked the young men to break it.Fantastic Fables|Ambrose Bierce
Not that they are confined to the workers entirely, but because the workers are most afflicted by them.The Common Sense of Socialism|John Spargo
Word Origin for afflict
"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.