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tr.v. af·flict·ed, af·flict·ing, af·flicts
To cause grievous physical or mental suffering to.

[Middle English afflighten, from afflight, disturbed, frightened, from Latin afflīctum, past participle of afflīgere, to cast down : ad-, ad- + flīgere, to strike.]

af·flict′er n.
af·flic′tive adj.
af·flic′tive·ly adv.
Synonyms: afflict, agonize, rack1, torment, torture
These verbs mean to bring great harm or suffering to someone: afflicted with severe arthritis; agonized to see her suffering; racked with guilt; tormented by migraine headaches; tortured by painful memories.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.afflictive - causing misery or pain or distressafflictive - causing misery or pain or distress; "it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"
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Marked by, causing, or experiencing physical pain:
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Our road lay through a wood, where we found the ground covered over with young locusts, a plague intolerably afflictive in a country so barren of itself.
When the curtain at last fell, he burst into the stormiest applause, and kept it up--as did the whole house--until the afflictive tenor had come three times before the curtain to make his bow.
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