afflict

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əˈflɪkt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪkt
  • Hyphenation: af‧flict

Verb[edit]

afflict (third-person singular simple present afflicts, present participle afflicting, simple past and past participle afflicted)

  1. (transitive) To cause (someone) pain, suffering or distress.
  2. (obsolete) To strike or cast down; to overthrow.
  3. (obsolete) To make low or humble.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living
      Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error before an afflicted truth.

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Verb[edit]

afflict (third-person singular present afflicts, present participle afflictin, past afflictit, past participle afflictit)

  1. to afflict

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