verb (used with object)
- to overthrow; defeat.
- to humble.
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You see, the way that a virus afflicts you is dependent on an “incubation period”—the number of days between when you catch a pathogen and actually show symptoms.How long does it take to find out if you’ve been exposed to coronavirus?|Sy Mukherjee|August 31, 2020|Fortune
Japan has not suffered from the soaring increases in infections and deaths that have afflicted the United States, but critics faulted Abe for failing to deal more swiftly and decisively enough to completely contain the virus.The legacy Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, will leave after resigning|claychandler|August 28, 2020|Fortune
In April 1955, scientists confirmed that a vaccine developed by researcher Jonas Salk had proved effective against polio, a debilitating and often fatal disease that afflicted tens of thousands of Americans a year.
Many medical science fiction texts depict diseases afflicting all of humanity which must put up a unified front or perish.Science Fiction Explores the Interconnectedness Revealed by the Coronavirus Pandemic|Mayurika Chakravorty|August 9, 2020|Singularity Hub
Undecidable questions have even arisen in physics, suggesting that Gödelian incompleteness afflicts not just math, but — in some ill-understood way — reality.
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 elder Mr. Weller drove a coach for twelve months, but, being afflicted with the gout, was compelled to retire.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Father Biard went to the afflicted parent of the boy, and asked whether he might, with his consent, baptize the dying child.
For the affliction of the daughter of my people I am afflicted, and made sorrowful, astonishment hath taken hold on me.
Just a poor, afflicted fellow out of work and anxious to make a living for his family.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
Babylon, which hath afflicted the Israelites, after their restoration, shall be utterly destroyed.