An example of something that can afflict a person is cancer.
- to cause pain or suffering to; distress very much
- Obs. to overthrow
Origin of afflictfrom Classical Latin afflictare, to injure, vex from afflictus, past participle of affligere, to strike down from ad-, to + fligere: see inflict
transitive verbaf·flict·ed, af·flict·ing, af·flicts
Origin of afflictMiddle English afflighten from afflight disturbed, frightened from Latin afflīctum past participle of afflīgere to cast down ad- ad- flīgere to strike
(third-person singular simple present afflicts, present participle afflicting, simple past and past participle afflicted)
From Old French aflicter, from Latin afflictare (“to damage, harass, torment”), frequentative of affligere (“to dash down, overthrow”).