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Definition of the verb afflict

What does afflict mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: afflicted | afflicting | afflicts

  1. cause great unhappiness for; distress
  2. cause physical pain or suffering in
    • example: afflict with the plague
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of afflict: smite
    • more generic word: damage = inflict damage upon
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb afflict

verb

  1. [transitive] To cause (someone) pain, suffering or distress.

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Google previewKing James Version Bible Commentary (2005)

The word afflict is a synonym for fasting (see comments on vs. Isa 58:3). The bending, or bowing down, of the head and the utilization of sackcloth and ashes are demonstrations of mock repentance. Though these can be signs.

Google previewRobert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English (2011)

A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with Commentary on Lexicographers and Linguists by Robert Hartwell Fiske

t 0UIFS UJNFT XF DIPPTF UP afflict voluntary suffering on ourselves (as in a fast or long march). Use inflict. t 4IF IPQFE GPS B EJĊFSFOU XPSME GPS IFS EBVHIUFST BOE XBOUFE IFS TPOT to understand the issue and not ...

Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Fellow of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow Jeremy Butterfield, Jeremy Butterfield

inflict, afflict. Both words are concerned with the suffering of ...

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Usage statistics about afflict

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb afflict:

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Comfort the Afflicted, Afflict the Comfortable

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Quotes about afflict

War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men. (Richelieu)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4L1I1C3T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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