Definition of afflict:
humble, catch, trouble, contract, pain, curse, subdue, develop, come down with, have, help, soften, strike, attack, bedevil, go down with, purify, bother, invade, refine, harrow, beset, excruciate, plague, get, scourge, ail, besiege, smite.
- pain (part of speech: verb)
- punish (part of speech: verb)
My death may afflict them, but they will recover from their grief in time; but to know that I am murdered by the Inquisition, as a sacrilegious impostor, will bring them to their grave with shame and mortification."- "The Pacha of Many Tales", Captain Frederick Marryat.
- "Epicoene Or, The Silent Woman", Ben Jonson.
There was little in the appearance of fallen bricks and stacks of chimneys to allure the imagination into soothing melancholy reveries; nothing to attract the eye of taste, but much to afflict the benevolent heart.- "Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark", Mary Wollstonecraft.