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afflictive

[ uh-flik-tiv ]

adjective

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


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Other Words From

  • af·flictive·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of afflictive1

First recorded in 1605–15; afflict + -ive

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Example Sentences

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

"I do well to be angry, even unto death," is the usual style in which we greet the afflictive providence of God.

With the calm and dignified fortitude of a Christian, philosopher and hero—he met the shafts of afflictive fate.

The "afflictive birch, cursed by unlettered idle youth," has other uses than that which the quotation would seem likely to imply.

They never have even a partial representation of ministers, except under the afflictive dispensations of Providence.

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