afflict

To afflict is to cause suffering, pain, or misery. It’s often associated with medical conditions. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is most likely to afflict someone who spends many hours every day typing on our computers.

We get afflict from the Latin word affligere, meaning “to strike down,” which is an old fashioned way of saying to get sick, or to have a condition of some kind. You could argue that chronic indecision was the main problem to afflict Hamlet, or that saying "um," "like," and "you know" are speech tics that afflict teens.

DEFINITIONS OF: afflict

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v cause physical pain or suffering in

afflict with the plague”
Synonyms:
smite
Types:
visit
assail
blight, plague
cause to suffer a blight
Type of:
damage
inflict damage upon

v cause great unhappiness for; distress

“she was afflicted by the death of her parents”
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aggrieve, grieve
cause to feel sorrow
tribulate
oppress or trouble greatly
strain, stress, try
test the limits of
rack
stretch to the limits
Type of:
discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset
cause to lose one's composure
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