- 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 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
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
November 30, 2014
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
October 3, 2014
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
September 22, 2014
Silva concludes that America is afflicted by the socio-optic condition of “colorblind racism.”How We Got to Ferguson—a Reading List
August 23, 2014
She was also afflicted with a high color, and a chronic eruption of diamonds.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Mary regarded the afflicted creature with that sympathy born only of experience.Within the Law
How silly of you, Toinette, to be so afflicted at his death.The Imaginary Invalid
Mrs. Beaufort, languid and afflicted with headache, said little.Night and Morning, Complete
In politics one afflicted with self-respect and addicted to the vice of independence.The Devil's Dictionary
- (tr) to cause suffering or unhappiness to; distress greatly
Word Origin and History for afflicted
"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.