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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
The proposed afflictive penalties are 'afflictive 1' (12 years and one day to 20 years, or the current prision temporal), and 'afflictive 2 and temporary disqualification' (6 years and one day to 12 years, or the current prision mayor).
This kind of activity forms part of a range of other activities that, in the preparation phase of the wedding, begin to signal the possibility of evil, afflictive powers that the family or strangers could potentially bring to the compound.
A phenomenological study of a Shambala Buddhist approach to working with afflictive emotions.
Another person with the same cancer symptoms but without any afflictive emotions will experience an inner calm and suffer less (138).
In its evaluation, the ECtHR relies on three criteria: the classification of the illegal act under national law (which nevertheless has only relative value); the nature of the violation or illegal act (general application of the law which defines the offense; importance of the violation); (30) the nature and gravity of the penalty (punitive-deterrent purpose of the punishment; (31) extent to which the penalty is afflictive; (32) extent to which the afflictive penalty is appropriate for the type of violation (33)).
His ideas allow to understand the importance of time and space in building a logical narrative, in this case for the consultant's life and afflictive situation, as well as to define this type of narratives as a dialogical phenomenon.
Diagnosing the condition is afflictive and invasive hospital procedure.
The focus of this study will be on task and afflictive conflicts, whereas relational conflicts will not be studied as these are beyond the scope of the study.