- to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievously: to be afflicted with arthritis.
- to overthrow; defeat.
- to humble.
Origin of afflict
Synonyms for afflict
Examples from the Web for self-afflicting
Historical Examples of self-afflicting
Foolish saints, crafty villains, sanctimonious women, and self-afflicting Pharisees are the destroyers of the world.
- (tr) to cause suffering or unhappiness to; distress greatly
Word Origin for afflict
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.