- The definition of afflict is to cause great physical or mental pain or agony or to create for someone a curse to bear.
An example of something that can afflict a person is cancer.
- to cause pain or suffering to; distress very much
- Obsolete to overthrow
Origin: ; from Classical Latin afflictare, to injure, vex ; from afflictus, past participle of affligere, to strike down ; from ad-, to plush fligere: see inflict
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transitive verb af·flict·ed, af·flict·ing, af·flicts
Origin: Middle English afflighten, from afflight, disturbed, frightened, from Latin afflictum, past participle of afflīgere, to cast down : ad-, ad- + flīgere, to strike.
- af·flictˈer noun
- af·flicˈtive adjective
- af·flicˈtive·ly adverb