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[ uh-flik-tid ]


  1. greatly distressed or troubled by bodily or mental pain:

    The severity of these symptoms predicts how well the afflicted individuals can live independently and maintain employment.


, (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. Usually the afflicted. a person or persons distressed or troubled in such a way:

    Behind each of these killer diseases is the pain of despair, loneliness, and loss in the lives of the bereaved and the afflicted.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of afflict ( def ).
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  • af·flict·ed·ness noun
  • un·af·flict·ed adjective
  • un·af·flict·ed·ly adverb
  • un·af·flict·ed·ness noun
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Example Sentences

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.

From 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.

From 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.

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Many medical science fiction texts depict diseases afflicting all of humanity which must put up a unified front or perish.

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.

Ortega has dismissed the allegations of autocracy and fraud that have afflicted his presidency as politically motivated.

Pat Roberts is in trouble for the same reasons that have afflicted many other senators.

He wanted to give a voice to the voiceless, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.

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.

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.

Babylon, which hath afflicted the Israelites, after their restoration, shall be utterly destroyed.


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