afflictive

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afflict +‎ -ive

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afflictive (comparative more afflictive, superlative most afflictive)

  1. That causes physical or mental pain.
    • 1576, George Gascoigne, The Droomme of Doomes Day, London: Gabriel Cawood, Part 2, Art. 15,[1]
      But the euil of the paine or the punishment of sin, or any kynde of afflictiue aduersitie, is not (in it self) absolutely euil, or simply to be fled from or auoyded.
    • 1718, Alexander Pope (translator), The Iliad of Homer, London: Bernard Lintot, Volume 4, Book 14, p. 96,[2]
      All this from Jove’s afflictive Hand we bear:
      Who, far from Argos, wills our Ruin here.
    • 1847, Anne Brontë (as Acton Bell), Agnes Grey, London: Thomas Cautley Newby, Volume 3, Chapter 3, p. 54,[3]
      In my childhood I could not imagine a more afflictive punishment than for my mother to refuse to kiss me at night: the very idea was terrible;
    • 1935, Marianne Moore, “Snakes, Mongooses, Snake Charmers, and the Like” in Collected Poems, New York: Macmillan, 1951, p. 65,[4]
      The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
    • 2015, Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen, Boston: Little, Brown, Chapter 8,[5]
      [] in the days and weeks that passed, in absentia—or perhaps from a distance—he’d gradually filled my life, our lives, with his afflictive presence.

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afflictive

  1. feminine singular of afflictif