The definition of afflict is to cause great physical or mental pain or agony or to create for someone a curse to bear.(verb)
An example of something that can afflict a person is cancer.
See afflict in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L afflictare, to injure, vex < afflictus, pp. of affligere, to strike down < ad-, to + fligere: see inflict
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transitive verb af·flict·ed, af·flict·ing, af·flicts
Origin: Middle English afflighten
Origin: , from afflight, disturbed, frightened
Origin: , from Latin afflictum
Origin: , past participle of afflīgere, to cast down
Origin: : ad-, ad-
Origin: + flīgere, to strike.
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