Afflict 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To inflict some great injury or hurt upon, causing continued pain or mental distress; to trouble grievously; to torment. [1913 Webster]

They did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. --Exod. i. 11. [1913 Webster]

That which was the worst now least afflicts me. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To make low or humble. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error before an afflicted truth. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To trouble; grieve; pain; distress; harass; torment; wound; hurt. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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