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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.
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"


Marked by, causing, or experiencing physical pain:
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
I felt no joy but that his sister was at length released from her afflictive, overwhelming toil - no hope but that she would in time recover from the effects of it, and be suffered to rest in peace and quietness, at least, for the remainder of her life.
A key component of these therapies includes mindfulness practice that intends to train attention to detect and regulate afflictive cognitive and emotional patterns.
They are the members of the community most vulnerable to attack or seduction, as well as to their own passions, afflictive emotions, and inclinations.
Like spiritual qualities, afflictive emotions can be interpreted as responses to the demands of the world, in this case, as inappropriate responses to the world.
does this by repeatedly cultivating an almost afflictive bathos that
Dr Fehmida said that this was the perfect state of mind that was free from any ignorance, greed, hatred and any afflictive defilements.
But even though Asanga and Vasubandhu continued to call this new type of consciousness manas, which literally means "thinking," it does not appear that they intended term to refer to all types of thought, but only to the afflictive thinking that arises from our sense of self.
As a student pointed out to me upon reading the book, Erzen, who was trained in American studies rather than religious studies, seems at times to believe that extreme religiosity of this sort is itself an addiction, or perhaps the spiritual methadone used to subdue whatever physical or emotional cravings one perceives as afflictive.
Pain (and discomfort and anger and any afflictive feeling) reminds us that we aren't in harmony with what is happening.