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Meaning of AFFLICT

Pronunciation:  u'flikt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause bodily suffering to
  2. [v]  cause pain or suffering in; "afflict with the plague"; "That debasement of the verbal currency that afflicts terms used in advertisement"
  3. [v]  cause great unhappiness for; distress; "she was afflicted by the death of her parents"

AFFLICT is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: ail, pain, smite, trouble
 See Also: aggrieve, blight, break out, damage, disagree with, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, erupt, grieve, hurt, plague, recrudesce, strain, stress, tribulate, try, untune, upset, visit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Af*flict"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Afflicted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Afflicting}.] [L. afflictus, p. p. of affigere to
    cast down, deject; ad + fligere to strike: cf. OF. aflit,
    afflict, p. p. Cf. {Flagellate}.]
    1. To strike or cast down; to overthrow. [Obs.]
       ``Reassembling our afflicted powers.'' --Milton.
    2. To inflict some great injury or hurt upon, causing
       continued pain or mental distress; to trouble grievously;
       to torment.
             They did set over them taskmasters to afflict them
             with their burdens.                   --Exod. i. 11.
             That which was the worst now least afflicts me.
    3. To make low or humble. [Obs.] --Spenser.
             Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error before an
             afflicted truth.                      --Jer. Taylor.
    Syn: To trouble; grieve; pain; distress; harass; torment;
         wound; hurt.
  2. \Af*flict"\, p. p. & a. [L. afflictus, p. p.]
    Afflicted. [Obs.] --Becon.
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