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  1. characterized by or causing pain, distress, or grief; distressing.
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Origin of afflictive

First recorded in 1605–15; afflict + -ive
Related formsaf·flic·tive·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

aching, achy, agonizing, distressing, excruciating, hurtful, sore, troublesome

Examples from the Web for afflictive

Historical Examples

  • The most afflictive of all separations, is that which is occasioned by death.

    Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II

    Francis Augustus Cox

  • What an afflictive and appalling spectacle did it present to her!



  • His death was a terrible calamity, as well as a most afflictive bereavement.


    John S. C. Abbott

  • Many an afflictive dispensation thus loses its sanctifying design.

  • The dispensation may be dark, and afflictive, and even profoundly mysterious; yet we should think, it is God that hath done it.