Afflict meaning

ə-flĭkt
To cause grievous physical or mental suffering to.
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To cause pain or suffering to; distress very much.
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To cause (someone) pain, suffering or distress.
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(obs.) To overthrow.
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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.

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Origin of afflict

  • Middle English afflighten from afflight disturbed, frightened from Latin afflīctum past participle of afflīgere to cast down ad- ad- flīgere to strike

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French aflicter, from Latin afflictare (“to damage, harass, torment”), frequentative of affligere (“to dash down, overthrow”).

    From Wiktionary