[ uh-flikt ]
/ əˈflɪkt /
verb (used with object)
to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievously: to be afflicted with arthritis.
- to overthrow; defeat.
- to humble.
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Origin of afflict
OTHER WORDS FROM afflict
af·flict·ed·ness, nounaf·flict·er, nouno·ver·af·flict, verb (used with object)pre·af·flict, verb (used with object)
self-af·flict·ing, adjectiveun·af·flict·ed, adjectiveun·af·flict·ed·ly, adverbun·af·flict·ed·ness, nounun·af·flict·ing, adjective
Words nearby afflict
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British Dictionary definitions for afflicter
/ (əˈflɪkt) /
(tr) to cause suffering or unhappiness to; distress greatly
Derived forms of afflictafflictive, adjective
Word Origin for afflict
C14: from Latin afflictus, past participle of afflīgere to knock against, from flīgere to knock, to strike
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