Synonyms for afflict

Grammar : Verb
Spell : uh-flikt
Phonetic Transcription : əˈflɪkt

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Définition of afflict

Origin :
  • late 14c., "to cast down," from Old French aflicter, from Latin afflictare "to damage, harass, torment," frequentative of affligere (past participle afflictus) "to dash down, overthrow," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fligere (past participle flictus) "to strike," from PIE root *bhlig- "to strike" (cf. Greek phlibein "to press, crush," Czech blizna "scar," Welsh blif "catapult"). Transferred meaning of "trouble, distress," is first recorded 1530s. Related: Afflicted; afflicting.
  • verb cause or become hurt
Example sentences :
  • Certain aspects of enforced Germanization can but afflict all outsiders.
  • Extract from : « In the Heart of Vosges » by Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • And, on the other hand, say I had a sense of it, would it not afflict me beyond measure?
  • Extract from : « The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates » by Xenophon
  • Day or night it was all one with us; never did our tormentors cease to afflict us.
  • Extract from : « In the Days of Drake » by J. S. Fletcher
  • The news which he had heard did afflict Lord George very much.
  • Extract from : « Is He Popenjoy? » by Anthony Trollope
  • But these are torments which afflict the wealthy only; and for this I at least am sincerely thankful.
  • Extract from : « The Book-Hunter at Home » by P. B. M. Allan
  • He does not grieve willingly, nor afflict the children of men.
  • Extract from : « True Words for Brave Men » by Charles Kingsley
  • He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
  • Extract from : « True Words for Brave Men » by Charles Kingsley
  • It gave Him no pleasure; nay, it grieved Him, when He had to afflict the children of men.
  • Extract from : « Earl Hubert's Daughter » by Emily Sarah Holt
  • Do you afflict the stars with inquiries about the state of the ridiculous weather?
  • Extract from : « The Prophet of Berkeley Square » by Robert Hichens
  • Who can tell how soon the calamity of war may afflict this country?
  • Extract from : « The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern » by Knowles King

Antonyms for afflict

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