- 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 of afflict; from 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)