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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Afflict  \Af*flict"\,  p.  p.  &  a.  [L.  afflictus  p.  p.] 
  Afflicted.  [Obs.]  --Becon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Afflict  \Af*flict"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Afflicted};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Afflicting}.]  [L.  afflictus  p.  p.  of  affigere  to 
  cast  down  deject;  ad  +  fligere  to  strike:  cf  OF  aflit 
  afflict,  p.  p.  Cf  {Flagellate}.] 
  1.  To  strike  or  cast  down  to  overthrow.  [Obs.] 
  ``Reassembling  our  afflicted  powers.''  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  inflict  some  great  injury  or  hurt  upon  causing 
  continued  pain  or  mental  distress;  to  trouble  grievously; 
  to  torment. 
 
  They  did  set  over  them  taskmasters  to  afflict  them 
  with  their  burdens.  --Exod.  i.  11. 
 
  That  which  was  the  worst  now  least  afflicts  me 
  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  make  low  or  humble.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  Men  are  apt  to  prefer  a  prosperous  error  before  an 
  afflicted  truth.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  Syn:  To  trouble;  grieve;  pain;  distress;  harass;  torment; 
  wound;  hurt. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  afflict 
  v  1:  cause  great  unhappiness  for 
  2:  cause  pain  or  suffering  in  "afflict  with  the  plague";  "That 
  debasement  of  the  verbal  currency  that  afflicts  terms  used 
  in  advertisement"  [syn:  {smite}] 
  3:  cause  bodily  suffering  to  [syn:  {trouble},  {ail},  {pain}] 




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