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Definition of 'afflict'


  1. cause great unhappiness for; distress; "she was afflicted by the death of her parents"
  2. cause pain or suffering in; "afflict with the plague"; "That debasement of the verbal currency that afflicts terms used in advertisement"
       Synonyms: smite
  3. cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
       Synonyms: trouble ail pain

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