verb (used with object)
- to overthrow; defeat.
- to humble.
Origin of afflict
Examples from the Web for afflicting
“This Vanderbilt person is a perfect example,” Beyer says of the “PTSD” afflicting so many in the transgender community.Pressuring Journalists Won’t Protect Transgender People|James Kirchick|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Exit might give them a nice export boost, relieving some of the crippling unemployment currently afflicting Italian workers.
This question highlights some of the hypocrisy currently afflicting Republican partisans on the issue of infidelity.Dr. Gingrich, or How the GOP Learned To Stop Worrying and Love an Adulterer|Michael Medved|January 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And the strokes themselves are extremely rare, afflicting an estimated two people out of every 100,000.
A prominent agent used that telling phrase to describe the problem that was afflicting Cruise.
Ignorant of what god was afflicting them, they appealed impartially all round, in the hope of hitting the right one.Bible Romances|George W. Foote
Upon receiving this afflicting intelligence, I hastened to the spot, and found Charley's account too true.Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia|Ludwig Leichhardt
But most afflicting was the condition of mind into which the Tories had fallen.In Hostile Red|Joseph Altsheler
I should probably have closed my days in that place of all afflicting sights and sounds, but for my good old Béguine.
True, the sufferings of the cross he viewed as near, but they were not yet commenced; nor can we discover any one afflicting him.
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Word Origin for afflict
Word Origin and History for afflicting
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.